Edition 66 (April-June, 2022)

GLASS BULLETIN is a publishing company, managed by a highly experienced editorial and administrative staff. It has a dedicated and responsible team for providing quality journals and related services to its readers. The company publishes GLASS BULLETIN which is the fastest growing top-notch journal of India for the global glass industry. It is published quarterly and circulated among glass manufacturers, glass processors, glass-machinery & tool manufacturers, art glass processors, glass dealers, architects, builders, aluminium fabricators, interior decorators and the automobile industry across the globe. GLASS BULLETIN is the ideal platform, both in the print and digital media, for worldwide exposition of news, reports, products and exhibitions related to the glass industry. It is a one-stop solution for all queries and needs related to glass–machinery and technology, its innovation, product-procession and marketing in India. By its permanent columns, it enjoys the status of highest readership among all Indian glass journals. GLASS BULLETIN is the media partner for international glass exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in China besides in other parts of the world, including Europe, India and the Middle East. GLASS BULLETIN e-magazine, the first glass-related e-magazine of India, is also available online and on mobile phone, free of cost at http://www.glassbulletin.com

GLASS BULLETIN is a publishing company, managed by a highly experienced editorial and administrative staff. It has a dedicated and responsible team for providing quality journals and related services to its readers. The company publishes GLASS BULLETIN which is the fastest growing top-notch journal of India for the global glass industry. It is published quarterly and circulated among glass manufacturers, glass processors, glass-machinery & tool manufacturers, art glass processors, glass dealers, architects, builders, aluminium fabricators, interior decorators and the automobile industry across the globe.

GLASS BULLETIN is the ideal platform, both in the print and digital media, for worldwide exposition of news, reports, products and exhibitions related to the glass industry. It is a one-stop solution for all queries and needs related to glass–machinery and technology, its innovation, product-procession and marketing in India. By its permanent columns, it enjoys the status of highest readership among all Indian glass journals.

GLASS BULLETIN is the media partner for international glass exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in China besides in other parts of the world, including Europe, India and the Middle East.

GLASS BULLETIN e-magazine, the first glass-related e-magazine of India, is also available online and on mobile phone, free of cost at http://www.glassbulletin.com


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Lesser time for cleaning,<br />

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Building exteriors treated with<br />

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56 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong>

Company News<br />

Competence team for flat and curved glass (from left to right): Maic Pannwitz (Vice President sedak, inc.), Guillaume Chinzi, Gery Chinzi, Beatriz Fernandez, Kevin<br />

Berni (Head of Sales), Gaia Sperotto and Ralf Scheurer.<br />

Bild: Thomas Dashuber / sedak<br />

sedak and sunglass merge sales<br />

Glass From A Single Source: Flat, Curved, In Oversized Formats<br />

Architects and planning offices will now have a single contact partner for the entire<br />

portfolio of flat and curved glass.<br />

Around three years ago, sedak,<br />

the technological leader for<br />

glass in oversized formats<br />

and high-end quality, and sunglass<br />

industry, specialists for thermally<br />

curved glass, joined together. Now,<br />

the two companies are bundling their<br />

sales operations under the sedak<br />

brand.<br />

Architects and planning offices will<br />

now have a single contact partner for<br />

the entire portfolio of flat and curved<br />

glass. Head of Sales Kevin Berni<br />

emphasized: “Presenting ourselves<br />

under the unified sedak flag simplifies<br />

communications as well as the<br />

complete procurement process for our<br />

market partners and strengthens our<br />

position as a full-service supplier.“<br />

Glass in exceptional forms and<br />

quality<br />

sedak will continue to invest in<br />

both locations and is extending<br />

capacities and quality standards. In<br />

2021, for example, a new 18-metre<br />

bending furnace went into operation<br />

in Gersthofen (Germany), whilst<br />

in Villafranca Padovana (Italy) a<br />

3D bending furnace was invested<br />

in, with which multi-curved glass<br />

panes can be manufactured as safety<br />

glass (thermally toughened or fullytempered).<br />

With an anisotropy scanner (about<br />

the company) and a 3D form scanner<br />

for curved glass, sedak is laying<br />

further foundations to extend its<br />

quality leadership.<br />

About the company<br />

Founded in 2007 in Germany,<br />

sedak has used its pioneering spirit<br />

to establish itself as a premium<br />

manufacturer of large-format<br />

insulated and safety glass.<br />

Head of Sales Kevin Berni and his team wants to expand<br />

sedak‘s innovation leadership.<br />

Bild: Thomas Dashuber / sedak<br />

sedak<br />

– Verena Simon<br />

Email: verena.simon@sedak.com<br />

– Jan Birkenfeld<br />

Email: j.birkenfeld@pr-neu.de<br />

Website: www.sedak.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong> 57

Company News<br />

Ozone Secutech offers live<br />

experience of its latest<br />

Digital Locks and Safes<br />

range<br />

Mobile Experience Centre To Reach Out To<br />

Consumers Across North, South And West Of<br />

India<br />

Ozone Secutech, a leading brand in the digital safes<br />

and locks segment, on March 5 took a strategic initiative<br />

towards creating awareness about various security<br />

solutions available for consumers across domestic and<br />

commercial establishments.<br />

This initiative aims to sensitize<br />

people to move from the hassle<br />

of carrying a bunch of keys<br />

to the new-age digital locks. These<br />

products comprise multiple access<br />

mode that gives unmatched security<br />

with utmost ease.<br />

The initiative will spread over six<br />

months and reach out to the masses.<br />

Ozone will offer various fun activities<br />

and awards to engage consumers. The<br />

vehicle will be traveling to north India<br />

covering NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab,<br />

Rajasthan, and Haryana; south India<br />

covering Karnataka, Hyderabad,<br />

Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Kerela;<br />

58 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong>

Ozone• 2<br />

Mr. Abhishek Aggarwal,<br />

President- Strategic Operations, Ozone Group<br />

and Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik in the<br />

western part.<br />

The flag-off took place at 4 points<br />

by Sheraton, New Delhi, with<br />

massive participation by dealers and<br />

distributors from the city.<br />

Talking about the campaign Mr<br />

Abhishek Aggarwal, President-<br />

Strategic Operations, Ozone Group,<br />

said, “We are delighted with the<br />

overwhelming response and can<br />

already feel the impact of this unique<br />

activity. The idea was to amplify the<br />

familiarity of using digital products<br />

in daily lives, and through our<br />

thoughtfully crafted range, we know<br />

it’s not far behind. For our customers<br />

to have a hands-on experience and<br />

live the convenience of implementing<br />

digital products is all that we look<br />

forward to. Through the MUV, this<br />

can happen at a good pace and with<br />

live demonstrations bringing our<br />

creation alive to as many people as it<br />

can.”<br />

The event witnessed a massive<br />

gathering of 80+ channels and media<br />

partners. The initiative will garner<br />

visibility for the new range of Ozone<br />

products and create top-of-the-mind<br />

recall in consumers’ minds.<br />

About the company<br />

Ozone Secutech, a leading Indian<br />

brand in the Digital Locks and Safes<br />

segment, is the flagship company of<br />

the Ozone Group. Designed to meet<br />

international quality norms and<br />

standards, the unmatched solutions<br />

developed by Ozone Secutech are<br />

trusted across the board by builders<br />

and homeowners alike.<br />

E-mail: pr@ozone-india.com<br />

Website: www.ozokart.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong> 59

Company News<br />

Filtraglass steps into<br />

<strong>2022</strong> with new home, new<br />

additions, new resolutions<br />

Moves To New Premises, Recruits More Team<br />

Members, Plans To Allot Substantial Resources To<br />

R&D<br />

The year <strong>2022</strong> has arrived with new developments for<br />

Filtraglass: new facilities, new team members and – in line<br />

with its continuous efforts in the field of innovation – new<br />

R&D projects.<br />

60 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong>

Filtraglass• 2<br />

With the arrival of the New<br />

Year, Filtraglass has officially<br />

moved to new premises.<br />

The company’s new headquarters are<br />

located in Vilamalla, in the province<br />

of Girona, at the Pont del Príncep<br />

industrial estate, at number 19 Carrer<br />

Riu Fluvià. The company now boasts<br />

a space spanning over 1,000 m2,<br />

a significant increase compared to<br />

the previous facilities, reflecting the<br />

exponential growth that the company<br />

is experiencing worldwide.<br />

The new premises include a very<br />

large space for the manufacture<br />

of water filtration systems; a large<br />

storage area where the company<br />

stores machines ready and waiting to<br />

be shipped to their final destinations;<br />

a meeting room that also serves as<br />

a showroom so that customers and<br />

collaborators can see Filtraglass<br />

machines up close; and an office<br />

area that houses, among others, the<br />

directors’ office, the administration<br />

and accounting office and the<br />

communications office.<br />

The growth that the company<br />

has experienced in recent years is<br />

also reflected in the expansion of<br />

its workforce. In recent months,<br />

Filtraglass has added to its ranks a<br />

communications team manager, a<br />

new welder, an electrical technician,<br />

a mechanical technician and an<br />

administrative assistant.<br />

With a larger and more diversified<br />

team, one of the leading companies<br />

in the water filtration industry<br />

expects improvements in the areas<br />

of production, advertising and public<br />

relations, customer service and, of<br />

course, innovation.<br />

Filtraglass naturally saw in the<br />

new year with some key resolutions.<br />

The company continues to be<br />

committed, as it has been since<br />

its creation, to a sustainable glass<br />

industry. And now more than ever.<br />

In line with its values and public<br />

commitment to the environment, the<br />

company will continue to strive to<br />

create increasingly sustainable water<br />

filtration systems, which, in turn,<br />

will help its customers and the glass<br />

industry in general to move towards a<br />

greener world.<br />

The company’s second resolution is<br />

to further strengthen its international<br />

presence. Filtraglass seeks to<br />

reach new markets that value its<br />

commitment to the environment and<br />

its investment in R&D. It has systems<br />

in all five continents, but has set a<br />

target of increasing its international<br />

presence by 20 per cent.<br />

Finally, this year, Filtraglass plans<br />

to dedicate a substantial part of its<br />

resources to its R&D department.<br />

The company wishes to persevere in<br />

the development of new products and<br />

systems that comprehensively meet<br />

the needs of the glass industry in<br />

terms of water treatment. Filtraglass<br />

wants to be prepared to adapt to the<br />

growing and changing needs of the<br />

market and therefore considers this<br />

investment to be essential. <strong>2022</strong> looks<br />

set to be a great year for Filtraglass<br />

and for the glass industry.<br />

Email: info@filtraglass.com<br />

Website: www.filtraglass.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong> 61

Company News<br />

Solutions for handling<br />

large glass sheets<br />

outdoors by Schmalz<br />

Vacumaster Glass Ensures Maximum Safety And<br />

Flexibility, Leading To Increased Productivity<br />

Utmost safety precautions are necessary during facade<br />

construction as large glass sheets and windows are<br />

transported outdoors and lifted to dizzying heights with<br />

site cranes.<br />

62 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong>

Schmalz India• 2<br />

J<br />

Schmalz GmbH has created a<br />

solution with the newly developed<br />

VacuMaster Glass, which can be<br />

used outdoors to handle glass sheets<br />

weighing up to 600 kg.<br />

Safety in the air<br />

Glass sheets are often installed at<br />

great heights in building facades.<br />

A high degree of safety is required<br />

when doing so. The VacuMaster<br />

Glass is designed for use high above<br />

the ground and for the horizontal<br />

and vertical handling of loads in<br />

accordance with EN 13155-1/-2. It<br />

is attached to the site crane, and<br />

loads are held by four or eight suction<br />

plates.<br />

The vacuum is switched on and<br />

off using a manual slide valve. Two<br />

backup vacuum circuit systems<br />

provide the necessary degree of<br />

safety. Each circuit has its own<br />

vacuum reservoir and manometer for<br />

displaying the vacuum. If the vacuum<br />

drops to a critical minimum level,<br />

an audible and visible warning signal<br />

is produced. If one circuit fails, the<br />

second circuit is able to handle the<br />

maximum load alone.<br />

Flexible and adjustable<br />

When moving the vertically<br />

transported glass sheets into the<br />

final assembly position, the handling<br />

system must have the flexibility<br />

to move them as required. The<br />

VacuMaster Glass lets you swivel<br />

workpieces by 90 degrees and rotate<br />

them by 360 degrees; both of these<br />

movements can be locked in place<br />

manually. This means that the glass<br />

sheets can be aligned perfectly and<br />

installed in the facade.<br />

Even glass sheets that are standing<br />

at an angle can be picked up easily.<br />

The Schmalz lifting unit can be<br />

adapted flexibly to the dimensions<br />

of various glass sheets. The unit’s<br />

extension arms can simply be<br />

removed in order to reduce the<br />

number of suction plates to four. The<br />

maximum load is then up to 300<br />

kilogram.<br />

Every cable is a troublesome<br />

security risk on a construction site.<br />

That is why the VacuMaster Glass is<br />

designed so that it does not need to<br />

be connected to the mains. It draws<br />

its power from a rechargeable and<br />

replaceable 12 V battery; an LED<br />

indicator displays the charge status.<br />

Increased productivity<br />

The VacuMaster can be operated<br />

easily and enables fast, efficient and<br />

ergonomic handling of a wide range<br />

of glass sheet sizes. The flat, compact<br />

structure means glass sheets can even<br />

be installed behind scaffolding. All of<br />

these features make it easy to handle<br />

glass sheets with the VacuMaster<br />

Glass.<br />

E-mail: schmalz@schmalz.co.in<br />

Website: www.schmalz.com<br />

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Company News<br />

From the left, Thomas Herzog, Andreas Herzog, Jr. and Andreas Herzog, Sr., Managing Directors of Glas Herzog<br />

Glas Herzog’s smooth startup of Glaston<br />

SPEED BOX IG line<br />

Provides High Output, Easy Operation & Robust Construction For High<br />

Machine Component Reliability<br />

Glas Herzog was founded by Andreas Herzog Sr in 1948 as a glass grinding factory in<br />

Waghäusel, Germany, near Heidelberg.<br />

Over the course of nearly 75<br />

years – and three family<br />

generations – the company<br />

has evolved from a purely craftsman’s<br />

business to being flat glass experts.<br />

Today, it offers a full range of<br />

functional and insulating glass to<br />

window manufacturers in Germany<br />

and neighbouring countries.<br />

Providing a human touch<br />

The founder’s son, Andreas Herzog,<br />

Sr., along with his sons Andreas<br />

Herzog, Jr., and Thomas Herzog, say<br />

the key to developing and managing<br />

their business successfully over the<br />

years has been to retain “the human<br />

touch” as a top priority in all they do.<br />

“This means providing our<br />

customers with personal advice and<br />

support in whatever way we can,”<br />

says Herzog, Sr. “Our distinctive<br />

service concept focuses on fast,<br />

direct deliveries – with high delivery<br />

reliability.” He adds that customers<br />

also appreciate that they are a familyrun<br />

business with the ability to make<br />

quick decisions.<br />

Adding automation with Glaston<br />

speed box<br />

In 1978, Glas Herzog purchased<br />

its first Lenhardt insulating glass<br />

line. This makes the company one<br />

of Glaston’s oldest customers. For<br />

special glass production, Glas Herzog<br />

still operates a 1987 Lenhardt<br />

washing machine and 1991 Lenhardt<br />

inspection station.<br />

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Glaston• 2<br />

In December 2020, the Glaston<br />

SPEED BOX IG line was delivered to<br />

replace an old Lenhardt insulating<br />

glass line that had been operating<br />

for 26 years. Starting production<br />

in January 2021, this new line is<br />

running smoothly alongside two other<br />

Bystronic glass insulating lines that<br />

run fully automatically. Together, they<br />

enable Glas Herzog to produce more<br />

than 1,000 insulating glass units daily.<br />

The new line provides the company<br />

with high output, easy operation<br />

and robust construction for high<br />

machine component reliability. This<br />

individually configurable production<br />

line for insulating glass units with<br />

conventional spacers delivers high<br />

flexibility, excellent productivity and a<br />

long service life.<br />

“We have a great deal of confidence<br />

in our supplier,” says Andreas Herzog,<br />

Sr., Managing Director of Glas<br />

Herzog. “Our cooperation with former<br />

Bystronic glass – and now Glaston<br />

– is just as you would want it to be<br />

as a customer. In fact, we’re one of<br />

their oldest customers – 44 years and<br />

counting.”<br />

Triple power<br />

A special feature of Glaston<br />

SPEED BOX is its high degree of<br />

automation. By combining three<br />

components – SPACER’FILLER AT<br />

(automatic desiccant filling station),<br />


(butyl coating robot), and<br />

FRAME’POSITIONER (automatic<br />

frame setting station) – SPEED BOX<br />

makes frame processing almost fully<br />

automated.<br />

“Without any manual intervention,<br />

prefabricated spacer frames are<br />

automatically filled with desiccant,<br />

precisely coated with butyl and then<br />

automatically positioned onto the<br />

glass,” Thomas Herzog explains.<br />

“The shortest possible cycle times<br />

are achieved by parallel filling and<br />

transport processes. We can produce<br />

different frame dimensions, profile<br />

widths and glass thicknesses in<br />

any sequence. Insulating glass unit<br />

thicknesses of 80 mm are now<br />

possible.”<br />

Uniquely extensive training<br />

With professional project management<br />

from planning through delivery,<br />

installation and commissioning of the<br />

SPEED BOX line proceeded smoothly.<br />

“We also had extensive training by<br />

Glaston’s staff – something that rarely<br />

happens any longer,” adds Andreas<br />

Herzog, Jr.<br />

Field tests bring mutual benefits<br />

Over the years, Glas Herzog has<br />

field-tested numerous prototypes<br />

before the machinery was introduced<br />

to the market. The relatively short<br />

distance from Glaston in Neuhausen<br />

to Waghäusel is only 80 km. When<br />

Karl Lenhardt was still Managing<br />

Director of the former Lenhardt<br />

Maschinenbau GmbH (today Glaston<br />

Germany GmbH), he worked closely<br />

with Andreas Herzog, Sr., to develop<br />

machine functionality and system<br />

components that are still used in<br />

Glaston insulating lines today.<br />

“This has been valuable for both<br />

of us,” Herzog, Sr., says. “Whenever<br />

Glaston sends us their potential<br />

customers for a reference visit, we<br />

give them our recommendations.<br />

Likewise, we know Glaston is close<br />

enough to provide us with quick<br />

service calls if we need any support.”<br />

“With 44 years of cooperation,<br />

our partnership has developed into a<br />

valuable friendship – one that is quite<br />

unique nowadays. We’re proud of<br />

being a customer from the very start –<br />

and look forward to many more years<br />

of deepening our friendship,” Andreas<br />

Herzog, Sr., concludes.<br />

Email: info@glaston.net<br />

Website: www.glaston.net<br />

Andreas Herzog, Sr & Peter Nischwitz from Glaston pointing out that in 1978, Glas Herzog purchased its first<br />

Lenhardt insulating glass line. This makes the company one of Glaston’s oldest customers.<br />

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Company News<br />

Genius CT-A Tech<br />

Biesse India now producing<br />

glass processing machines<br />

at its Bengaluru unit<br />

Seeks To Reverse Trend Of Extensive Imports<br />

Dominating Domestic Market Requirements In<br />

The Sector<br />

Biesse India is now developing ‘Genius CT-A Tech’ glass<br />

processing machines in its production units in Bengaluru.<br />

Glass processing machines<br />

that automate the glass<br />

cutting process with great<br />

precision are highly sought after<br />

in various industries including the<br />

furniture industry. By commencing<br />

the production of ‘Genius CT-A<br />

Tech’, Biesse India becomes the only<br />

company to develop glass processing<br />

machines in India.<br />

The domestic market requirements<br />

in this sector is highly catered by<br />

international suppliers through<br />

extensive imports. However, Biesse<br />

India has reversed this trend by not<br />

only producing such machines in<br />

India for the Indian market but also by<br />

exporting the machines made in India<br />

to other countries, including Italy.<br />

Biesse India is the Biesse Group’s<br />

first production site outside Italy. This<br />

strategic investment in India was<br />

an insightful decision to develop an<br />

advanced production plant that would<br />

create employment opportunities in<br />

the country and at the same time,<br />

cater to the quality machines needs<br />

of small to medium-sized companies<br />

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Biesse India• 2<br />

across the globe.<br />

The expansion of Biesse India’s<br />

export network to 70+ countries has<br />

had a significant impact on the ‘Make<br />

in India’ mission. The company has<br />

also been proactively engaged in CSR<br />

activities over the years by supporting<br />

schools, empowerment through<br />

specialised courses at the Institute of<br />

Wood Science & Technology (IWST)<br />

and KIET Group of Institutions,<br />

setting up libraries, RO Water Plants,<br />

borewells, plantation drives and<br />

numerous other activities for the<br />

benefit of the society.<br />

Biesse India set up its office in the<br />

country back in 2006 with just a team<br />

of 13 employees. It began operations<br />

out of a small shed of just 1,000<br />

square metres in Yeshwantpur. Now, it<br />

has two production units in Bengaluru<br />

spread across 30,000 square metres<br />

with more than 700 employees. The<br />

company recently marked its 15 years<br />

of establishment in India.<br />

In the span of 15 years, Biesse in<br />

India has been able to manufacture<br />

10,000 machines, of which 70 per<br />

cent have been exported to nations<br />

across the world, including the USA,<br />

EU, Middle East, East Asia, Russia<br />

and Australia. The firm has developed<br />

into one of the global leaders in<br />

designing and manufacturing<br />

advanced woodworking machinery,<br />

and over the years, it has also<br />

diversified its offering by adding<br />

machinery and systems for the glass<br />

and advanced materials processing<br />

sector.<br />

Commenting on the combined<br />

efforts of the organisation, Mr Sayeed<br />

Ahmed, CEO of Biesse India, said,<br />

“Our constant strive for product<br />

excellence as per International<br />

standards has been well received<br />

and appreciated across continents.”<br />

Adding further on their core values,<br />

“Biesse India has always believed in<br />

empowering the local community by<br />

hiring local talent and onboarding<br />

local suppliers. We also try to create a<br />

progressive and encouraging working<br />

environment for everyone,” he said.<br />

The global manufacturing company<br />

also invests four per cent of its yearly<br />

revenues in R&D, boasting over 200<br />

registered patents. The R&D centre<br />

has previously developed a software<br />

to augment user experience and is<br />

committed to bring transformative<br />

concepts for automation in<br />

manufacturing.<br />

It operates through 12 industrial<br />

sites, 39 branches, 300 agents, and<br />

selected dealers, exporting 85 per cent<br />

of its production. Biesse India itself<br />

exports to more than 70 countries<br />

across continents. Founded in Pesaro<br />

in 1969 by Giancarlo Selci, Biesse<br />

Group has been listed in the STAR<br />

segment of the Italian Stock Exchange<br />

since <strong>June</strong> 2001. It currently has<br />

4,000 employees around the world.<br />

Biesse India’s initial years were<br />

of great rigour and perseverance<br />

as it took seven years to reach a<br />

total production of 2,000 machines.<br />

However, Biesse India’s team,<br />

including their leadership, with<br />

continuous support from its investors<br />

and the top management in Biesse<br />

Italy, bolstered their operations and<br />

as of today, has reached a production<br />

capacity of 1,800 machines per<br />

annum.<br />

A growth of more than 100 times<br />

compared to where the company<br />

started from. Biesse India now<br />

offers six product lines in 100<br />

different configurations. There is<br />

also an experience centre where<br />

15+ machines are available for live<br />

demonstrations.<br />

About the company<br />

Biesse Group designs, manufactures,<br />

and distributes machines,<br />

integrated systems, and software for<br />

manufacturers of furniture, door/<br />

window frames, and components for<br />

the construction, shipbuilding, and<br />

aerospace industries.<br />

–Santosh B Holeyachi<br />

Email: santosh.bh@biesse.com<br />

Website: www.intermac.com<br />

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Company News<br />

Hegla-Hanic launches new software for<br />

cutting tables<br />

Cut+ Supports Different Languages, Units Of Measurement; Inclusive<br />

Updates Are Regularly Provided<br />

Normally, one update follows the other to bring software up-to-date. But HEGLA-HANIC<br />

from Bochum, Germany, does things differently.<br />

Cut+ is new, intuitive software from HEGLA-HANIC for cutting table organisation and<br />

management. Cut+ was developed from the ground up and is based on the Microsoft<br />

.NET Core development environment.<br />

It automatically creates waste-optimised cutting plans. Operators experience maximum<br />

flexibility: they can exchange panes or positions on the plan via drag & drop. The system<br />

also takes break-out edges and grinding additions into consideration, for example.<br />

The company is now offering<br />

Cut+, a new program for<br />

cutting table organisation and<br />

management that relies on a range<br />

of new functions and is a completely<br />

new version. “You can use updates to<br />

keep any software current,” explained<br />

Managing Director Dr Jan Schäpers<br />

of HEGLA-HANIC. “But at some<br />

point you should take advantage of<br />

the opportunity to re-think proven<br />

programs and prepare for the future.”<br />

Cut+ is based on the standards of<br />

.NET Core, the Microsoft development<br />

environment, which ensures that the<br />

software can be extended from the<br />

Microsoft pool with little effort at any<br />

time.<br />

Intuitively register customer orders<br />

and create items<br />

Cut+ is designed to intuitively manage<br />

and organise individual cutting<br />

tables. Its core functions include the<br />

technical registration of customer<br />

orders with all parameters to ensure<br />

that they are available for further<br />

processing. Orders can be registered<br />

by importing Excel .csv files, for<br />

example.<br />

It is also possible to register the<br />

data directly at the cutting table, on<br />

an office computer as a step in work<br />

preparation, or in the form of an<br />

order acceptance. If keypads are not<br />

available, a touchscreen can be used<br />

instead. A live editor immediately<br />

displays the registered geometry to<br />

the operator for a plausibility check.<br />

Alongside a .dxf import option, a shape<br />

catalogue intended to make work on<br />

complex geometries easier is stored in<br />

the software. Users can intuitively add<br />

the shapes they create themselves to<br />

the catalogue.<br />

The integrated item management<br />

system saves recurring products from<br />

the product range to simplify future<br />

orders.<br />

Waste-optimised cutting plans at the<br />

press of a button<br />

As soon as all the orders are in the<br />

system, a waste-optimised cutting plan<br />

can be requested and created, and<br />

the glass can be arranged to ensure<br />

that as much glass area as possible is<br />

used. The software takes break-out<br />

allowances into account, as well as<br />

decoating contours, grinding additions<br />

and surrounding pane shapes.<br />

“Operators remain fully flexible,”<br />

emphasised Dr Jan Schäpers. “Panes<br />

can be exchanged or shifted on the<br />

plan via drag & drop. It is almost<br />

always possible to make amendments.”<br />

If required, the cutting plans can be<br />

printed out and made available for incompany<br />

process organisation. If the<br />

glass to be processed is not on hand<br />

in the warehouse, the optional Cut+<br />

warehouse management extension will<br />

trigger an alert.<br />

Paper, labels and laser marking are<br />

supported<br />

For internal operations that are<br />

organised with labels instead of paper,<br />

the software offers a label editor. The<br />

visual placement of the customer logo<br />

and data on the labels can be manually<br />

specified if desired. Alternatively, this<br />

can be done automatically when the<br />

dataset is called up from the customer<br />

file. If you plan to switch to laser<br />

marking in future, the software is<br />

already compatible with the control<br />

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Hegla-Hanic• 2<br />

In the item management system, recurring glass products from the range can be saved and are therefore accessible for follow-up orders.<br />

our customers can form their own<br />

impression of our new software.” It is<br />

still possible to connect to the Shop-<br />

Floor Assistant app from HEGLA New<br />

Technology and the HEGLA-HANIC<br />

Cockpit.<br />

Cut+ supports a high number<br />

of different languages and units of<br />

measurement, which operators can<br />

select themselves. Inclusive updates<br />

are regularly provided and they<br />

continue to support earlier versions of<br />

the HEGLA-HANIC software.<br />

The pane editor displays the geometry immediately, thus enabling an initial plausibility check.<br />

Email: info@hegla-hanic.de<br />

Website: www.hegla-hanic.de<br />

and data transfer functions of most<br />

systems.<br />

Open interfaces in accordance with<br />

OPC/UA<br />

Open interfaces in accordance with<br />

OPC/UA are the technical basis that<br />

enable the software to be used with<br />

almost any cutting table from almost<br />

any manufacturer. If your system is<br />

not prepared for this, HEGLA-HANIC<br />

will adapt the software to your specific<br />

needs.<br />

“We are proud of the new software<br />

and pleased that our team has very<br />

successfully taken this step,” said<br />

Dr Jan Schäpers. “Alongside various<br />

extensions and options, we can<br />

also provide a Cut+ trial version so<br />

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Company News<br />

Mars Glass enters into<br />

new venture with Saint-<br />

Gobain My Home<br />

Launches New Showroom In Delhi With Sprawling<br />

Displays For All Major Products<br />

Mars Glass Solutions, an old name in the glass industry,<br />

has joined hands with Saint-Gobain vertical My Home, a<br />

collection of custom-made design solutions for exteriors<br />

as well as interiors.<br />

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Mars Glass• 2<br />

The Mars Glass-My Home SG<br />

showroom was launched on<br />

March 25 in the heart of west<br />

Delhi in Rajouri Garden. Keeping in<br />

mind the precautions necessitated by<br />

the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a<br />

limited gathering for the launch.<br />

A few family members of Mars<br />

Glass executives and an SG team<br />

from Chennai, comprising My Home<br />

business head Mr Hemant Khurana,<br />

along with senior management team<br />

members Mr Srihari and Mr DU<br />

Venkata Ramanan and their local<br />

sales team with technical experts from<br />

Bhiwadi plant, joined the launch event.<br />

Mars Glass has two directors Mr<br />

Manoj Kumar and Mr Anish Chhabra<br />

with fairy rich experience of nearly<br />

three decades in processed glass<br />

industry. The group has now joined<br />

hands with Saint-Gobain, a company<br />

known for its professional approach,<br />

wide range of consumer products and<br />

state-of-the-art factories located in<br />

different parts of India.<br />

With this partnership, Mars Glass<br />

anticipates good business growth in the<br />

near future.<br />

Some facts about the Mars Glass-My<br />

Home SG showroom:<br />

;;<br />

Has an approximate carpet area<br />

of 1,600 sq ft with live display<br />

of all major products under the<br />

umbrella of MY Home by SG<br />

;;<br />

Highlighted products include<br />

UPVC doors and windows,<br />

shower cubicles, kitchen cabinet<br />

frame and wardrobe, LED<br />

mirrors, wallpaper, false ceiling,<br />

writing board and glass railing<br />

hardware.<br />

Mars Glass Solutions Pvt Ltd is a<br />

leading player in the façade and<br />

fenestration business. Its product and<br />

services include supply and installation<br />

of structural/curtain wall glazing<br />

(glass & ACP cladding), spider glazing,<br />

internal glass partitions, glass shower<br />

cubicle, doors and windows, and<br />

stainless steel railing.<br />

Mars Glass has been involved in<br />

projects in the residential, corporate,<br />

hospitality, retail and infrastructure<br />

segments.<br />

Email: projectsmars@yahoo.com<br />

Website: www.projectsmars.com<br />

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Company News<br />

Schraml presents the combiFIN rapid<br />

processing line<br />

Combines Vertical Processing Devices To Create Single Intelligent Line;<br />

Developed In Collaboration With LiSEC<br />

The glass processing specialists from Schraml Glastechnik in Austria are back. Following<br />

a lengthy development period, alongside preparations for the presentation of the new<br />

topDRILL drilling machines, it recently celebrated the market launch of the combiFIN<br />

complete processing line.<br />

The combiFIN is a nifty<br />

combination of different vertical<br />

processing devices to create a<br />

single intelligent line, which typically<br />

consists of the following individual<br />

systems:<br />

;;<br />

GLX grinding and polishing<br />

machine for rectangles and<br />

shapes - optionally with tool<br />

change<br />

;;<br />

MRX drilling and milling centre<br />

with double-sided processing -<br />

optionally with water jet head<br />

;;<br />

topCLEAR glass washing<br />

machine with four or six<br />

brushes for different glass<br />

thicknesses<br />

;;<br />

Water treatment systems or<br />

lines with logistics and shuttle<br />

solutions<br />

A special feature of the system<br />

is its development through close<br />

collaboration between LiSEC and<br />

Schraml, and the associated synergy<br />

that came into effect thanks to the<br />

expertise of both companies.<br />

Horst Schraml, managing director<br />

of Schraml Glastechnik, explains a few<br />

of the highlights and unique features<br />

of the system:<br />

Q: How are the machines linked with<br />

each other?<br />

The devices are linked automatically. It<br />

is therefore only necessary to perform<br />

operation and programming on one<br />

machine. If necessary, the systems<br />

can also be used separately and<br />

independently.<br />

Q: How complicated is operation of<br />

the combiFIN?<br />

Operation is significantly easier than<br />

operating complex all-in-one systems.<br />

Despite this, the devices deliver<br />

very high performance thanks to<br />

the respective focus on processing.<br />

Programming can be carried out in the<br />

office or on the machine, or even as a<br />

combination of both.<br />

Q: What cycle times can be achieved<br />

with the combiFIN?<br />

Dividing processing up between at<br />

least two devices means that the cycle<br />

time is significantly reduced. Almost<br />

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Schraml• 2<br />

all doors, partition walls and similar<br />

products are completely finished in less<br />

than five minutes.<br />

Q: What shapes is the system able to<br />

process?<br />

The system processes almost all<br />

glass lites sheets with a straight edge.<br />

Rounded and bevelled corners are<br />

processed with no cycle time losses.<br />

Thanks to the batch size of 1, the<br />

customer can process any glass<br />

lites sheets, thicknesses and shapes<br />

successively without limitation.<br />

Q: How efficient is the system?<br />

The use of series parts from the LiSEC<br />

or Schraml modular range means<br />

that the system is comparatively<br />

economical. In combination with its<br />

high level of productivity, this results in<br />

advantageous overall efficiency.<br />

Q: Is the combiFIN future-proof?<br />

The systems are state-of-the-art and<br />

the combination can be used with<br />

either an MRX or RX drilling machine.<br />

All processing devices are optionally<br />

available for delivery with the water<br />

jet head or a range of processing<br />

heads. Interfaces with external<br />

software suppliers are tried, tested and<br />

available.<br />

The combiFIN exhibits all the<br />

features of leading-edge machine<br />

construction technology. The systems<br />

conform to the Industry 4.0 schema.<br />

Remote maintenance and remote<br />

control are possible, while the<br />

configuration can also operate in any<br />

running direction and in a range of<br />

expansion stages. The only limitation<br />

is the maximum glass size, which is<br />

currently 3,210 x 2,000 mm; i.e. splitsized<br />

glass sheets.<br />

Schraml Glastechnik GmbH has<br />

been working in wet processing for<br />

three decades now and was the world’s<br />

first provider of vertical glass drilling<br />

machines. Since 2017, Schraml<br />

Glastechnik GmbH has been part of<br />

the LiSEC group and the company<br />

can therefore optimally utilise<br />

LiSEC’s development and production<br />

capacities. By presenting the<br />

combiFIN, the system constructor has<br />

succeeded in taking a major technical<br />

leap forwards. The system is oriented<br />

towards current customer benefits and<br />

delivers not only technical but also<br />

financial advantages.<br />

Highlights of the GLX P1:<br />

;;<br />

Comprehensive water splash<br />

protection<br />

;;<br />

Water cushions for sheet<br />

movement<br />

;;<br />

Small glass design as standard<br />

;;<br />

Convenient maintenance<br />

access and well thought-out<br />

maintenance concept<br />

;;<br />

Twice as fast cycle time<br />

compared to all-in-one<br />

machines<br />

;;<br />

Significantly improved grinding<br />

quality through specialisation<br />

of the grinding head<br />

;;<br />

Inclined edges or shapes with<br />

curves are possible without<br />

difficulty<br />

;;<br />

Fully integrated and yet standalone<br />

- allows flexible use as<br />

required<br />

Highlights of the MRX G7:<br />

;;<br />

10-position revolver drill head<br />

at front and rear, with tool preselection<br />

;;<br />

Dynamic vacuum belts with<br />

shape detection<br />

;;<br />

Extremely compact design<br />

;;<br />

Flexible in all directions<br />

;;<br />

Drill and countersink holes in<br />

the most individual design from<br />

both sides<br />

;;<br />

Milling operations without<br />

technical restrictions in size<br />

and shape<br />

;;<br />

New - also with possible<br />

polishing of interior cut-outs<br />

;;<br />

Tool change even during<br />

processing on the opposite side<br />

;;<br />

Tool change and revolver now<br />

also controlled by servo drives<br />

About LiSEC<br />

LiSEC, headquartered in<br />

Seitenstetten/Amstetten, is a globally<br />

active group that has provided<br />

individual and comprehensive<br />

solutions in flat glass processing and<br />

finishing for 60 years.<br />

Email: claudia.guschlbauer@lisec.com<br />

Website: www.lisec.com<br />

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Company News<br />

LiSEC sells its 400th seaming machine<br />

KSR to Italian firm Nobento<br />

Nobento Specialises In The Production Of Windows, Doors And Roller<br />

Shutters Since 2009<br />

Increased production and continuous operation means that LiSEC’s machines achieve<br />

their full potential and create an incentive for the use of automated systems and other<br />

technology.<br />

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Nobento also has its own<br />

glassworks to cover all its<br />

needs. One of the most<br />

important products in the Nobento<br />

range is TERMOFIBRA®. Steel<br />

reinforcement is no longer a<br />

requirement for the bracing of this<br />

window.<br />

Nobento, which has its headquarters<br />

and production facility in Alghero<br />

(Sardinia), has undergone significant<br />

growth in recent years. The company<br />

achieved a turnover of €3 million in<br />

2015 with its team of 20 employees<br />

and was even able to boost this<br />

operating result to €27 million in the<br />

2021 business year with a workforce<br />

of 250.<br />

The machinery fleet was also<br />

steadily expanded within this relatively<br />

short period of time. The latest new<br />

investment is not only special for<br />

Nobento, but also for LiSEC: The<br />

400th LiSEC-manufactured KSR<br />

seaming machine sold has left the<br />

company’s own production facility for<br />

the city of Alghero in Sardinia, where<br />

it is to be added to Nobento’s machine<br />

inventory and help the window<br />

manufacturer achieve its ambitious<br />

goals in the future.<br />

The Italian company primarily<br />

distributes its products in Italy.<br />

Whereas only about 5 per cent of<br />

the total production remains in<br />

Sardinia, the remaining 95 per cent<br />

is “exported” to the rest of Italy. In<br />

addition to well-known wholesalers<br />

such as Leroy Merlin Italia and<br />

Bricoman, who jointly generate about<br />

30 per cent of the company’s turnover,<br />

both small retailers and private<br />

customers also place their trust in<br />

Nobento’s products and quality.<br />

Nobento operates across two<br />

different company locations and makes<br />

the most of the benefits that these<br />

two branches bring. The company’s<br />

sales and customer service offices are<br />

located in Cattolica (in the Emilia<br />

Romagna region) which means they<br />

are close to customers. The actual<br />

production as well as the other offices,<br />

however, are situated on the northwest<br />

coast of Sardinia, which is why the<br />

manufacturer can benefit from the<br />

special expertise and loyalty of the<br />

islanders.<br />

Nobento runs several LiSEC plants<br />

on a production area of 25,000 sq<br />

m. Following strong growth in recent<br />

years, LiSEC’s plants are no longer<br />

only in use for seven to eight hours,<br />

but run 24 hours a day in a threeshift<br />

pattern. Increased production<br />

and continuous operation means that<br />

LiSEC’s machines achieve their full<br />

potential and create an incentive for<br />

the use of automated systems and<br />

other technology.<br />

Nobento and LiSEC<br />

LiSEC and Nobento have been<br />

collaborating since the Italian company<br />

was founded. Nobento wants to offer<br />

its customers a portfolio of first-class<br />

products which is why it has relied on<br />

LiSEC’s production solutions from the<br />

very outset. “We expect the highest<br />

level of quality and, ultimately, that’s<br />

what our customers expect from us.<br />

Which is why LiSEC ranks so highly<br />

with us, on the one hand because<br />

their machines completely fulfil these<br />

quality requirements, and on the other<br />

hand because the service life of the<br />

products is really impressive,” says<br />

Andrea Alessandrini, CEO of Nobento.<br />

“LiSEC fulfils our expectations as<br />

a manufacturer of the highest quality<br />

glass processing machines from<br />

every point of view and has never<br />

disappointed our demands in this<br />

respect. Nobento employees can also<br />

rely on the extremely short response<br />

times of our partner. The possibility<br />

of support through the online<br />

maintenance service LiSEC.eye makes<br />

life easier for us, since this platform<br />

significantly reduces the time needed<br />

to rectify causes compared to all other<br />

solutions,” he adds.<br />

If there are any questions, Nobento<br />

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approaches the Italian team, led<br />

by Massimo De Feo and Gianmaria<br />

Ricciuto as direct regional contacts,<br />

to whose full and competent support<br />

they can always rely. “We are already<br />

working on increasing productivity and<br />

doubling glass production capacity by<br />

2025,” says Gianmaria Ricciuto.<br />

Nobento and the 400th KSR system<br />

from LiSEC<br />

Nobento employs a combined<br />

glass cutting machine GFB-VB<br />

manufactured by LiSEC for cutting<br />

laminated and float glass, which is<br />

driven by a self-propelled glass storage<br />

system of the PKL series designed as a<br />

bridge trolley. The insulating glass line<br />

from LiSEC, which consists of the fully<br />

automatic washing and drying unit<br />

VHW 27/6M, the gas filling press FPS<br />

and the system for sealing insulating<br />

glass units VL-1N, operates all day long<br />

during the production of insulating<br />

glass. Tried and tested machines such<br />

as a BSV-45NK, an A1RL and a BH-<br />

25V are used for processing spacer<br />

frames.<br />

Production planning is supported<br />

and largely automated by the GPS.<br />

prod software solution developed by<br />

LiSEC. Consequently, at Nobento, the<br />

KSR system from LiSEC has recently<br />

started to contribute to production.<br />

Andrea Alessandrini says, “We are<br />

delighted that this investment has<br />

given both companies a reason to<br />

celebrate. It is the workers who<br />

ultimately decide on the choice<br />

of machine, and they have to get<br />

acquainted with how the equipment<br />

works. I consider it important to have<br />

my employees take joint responsibility<br />

and contribute their individual<br />

expertise in order to strengthen the<br />

innovative and success-oriented power<br />

of the company. This was also the<br />

case when it came to the decision<br />

of investing in the new processing<br />

machine. The KSR from LiSEC is<br />

clearly the best solution for my team<br />

so that we can continue to produce<br />

successfully and with high quality in<br />

the future”.<br />

All four sides of a sheet can<br />

be measured and seamed fully<br />

automatically with the KSR glass edge<br />

grinder from LiSEC. This LiSEC<br />

processing machine is characterised by<br />

perfect seaming of the glass edges and<br />

the ability to automatically adjust the<br />

grinding belts to the sheet thickness.<br />

The machine, which is made from<br />

stainless steel, can be easily integrated<br />

into any production line. The long<br />

service life of the grinding belts is what<br />

makes the KSR system the perfect<br />

addition to an insulating glass line or<br />

for combination with a tempering oven.<br />

Nobento – looking into the future<br />

The employees at Nobento are<br />

essential for the long-term success of<br />

the company. They work with great<br />

enthusiasm and drive every day looking<br />

for the most modern solutions to<br />

meet the future requirements of the<br />

customers through a high degree of<br />

innovation.<br />

“Innovation is driven by the needs of<br />

the market and the resulting demand,”<br />

explains CEO Andrea Alessandrini.<br />

On the outside, modern windows<br />

barely differ from the products of the<br />

1980s, yet from a technical point of<br />

view, contemporary windows are in<br />

a completely different league. Being<br />

able to meet the demand for ever<br />

better and higher quality products calls<br />

for cooperation with a first-class and<br />

industry-leading partner - especially<br />

when it comes to the company’s own<br />

machinery. “A strong partnership,<br />

like the one we have with LiSEC, will<br />

allow us to continue solving innovation<br />

and automation issues together and<br />

to address these exciting technical<br />

challenges in the future.”<br />

About LiSEC<br />

LiSEC, headquartered in<br />

Seitenstetten/Amstetten, is a globally<br />

active group that has provided<br />

individual and comprehensive<br />

solutions in flat glass processing and<br />

finishing for 60 years.<br />


Email: claudia.guschlbauer@lisec.com<br />

Website: www.lisec.com<br />

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Company News<br />

Versatile Glass Solution LLP gets BIS<br />

licence for toughened, laminated glass<br />

VGS Products Will Now Carry Guarantee Of Quality, Safety And Reliability<br />

Versatile Glass, one of the most versatile, innovative and technologically advanced glass<br />

processors in India, will now be able to print the ISI mark on these products.<br />

Mr. Kartar Singh Verma, MD<br />

The Bureau of Indian Standards<br />

(BIS) recently granted licence<br />

to Versatile Glass Solution LLP<br />

for toughened glass of 4 to 12 mm and<br />

laminated glass of 8.38 to 40.56 mm.<br />

The company is also the first in<br />

India to get a BIS licence for laminated<br />

glass above 25.52 mm thickness.<br />

Versatile Glass, one of the<br />

most versatile, innovative and<br />

technologically advanced glass<br />

processors in India, will now be able to<br />

print the ISI mark on these products.<br />

The company is also a supplier of<br />

bullet-resistance glass (max thickness<br />

60 mm). It has supplied bullet<br />

resistant glass to the Bangladesh Naval<br />

War Room and the Statue of Unity.<br />

In its effort to further ensure the<br />

quality of its products, Versatile Glass<br />

Solutions LLP has recently added a<br />

heat shock test facility to check the<br />

resistance of glass to sudden changes<br />

in temperature.<br />

Versatile Glass provides glass<br />

solutions for both interior and exterior<br />

applications. The company thrives to<br />

fulfill the entire spectrum of glassrelated<br />

demands of the end-user while<br />

ensuring quality standards that are<br />

unmatched. Backed by experience,<br />

technology and versatility in delivering<br />

customised solutions, the company<br />

desires to meet all its clients’ needs.<br />

The company’s product range<br />

includes architecture glass, automotive<br />

glass, curved tempered glass, fire<br />

safety glass, bullet resistance glass and<br />

decorative glass.<br />

Architectural Glass on offer<br />

include:<br />

VGS Toughen Glass<br />

Toughened or tempered glass is a type<br />

of safety glass processed by controlled<br />

thermal or chemical treatments to<br />

increase its strength compared with<br />

normal (annealed) glass.<br />

VGS Insulated Glass:<br />

Insulating glass is also known as double<br />

glazing glass. These are basically a<br />

double or triple glass window panes<br />

separated by a spacer along the edge<br />

and sealed to create a dead air space<br />

between the layers.<br />

VGS Bend Toughen Glass:<br />

It is made through JetConvection Plus<br />

Bent Glass Tempering Furnace adopts<br />

JetConvection heating technology.<br />

VGS Laminated glass:<br />

It is a sandwich of two or more sheets<br />

of glass with a plastic interlayer usually<br />

polyvinyl (PVB) interlayer in between.<br />

Email: info@versatileglass.in,<br />

vgs@versatileglass.in<br />

Website: www.versatileglass.in<br />

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Company News<br />

The new sedak bending furnace produces cylindrically bent glass in oversize formats up to 18 meters.<br />

Photo credit: sedak<br />

Precisely curved glass up<br />

to 18 metres in length<br />

sedak Puts 18m Bending Furnace Into Operation<br />

The furnace is designed for series production of<br />

cylindrically curved, fully tempered glass and thermally<br />

toughened glass in large formats of up to 3.6 x 18 metres.<br />

sedak has extended its production<br />

capacity in the field of curved glass.<br />

With the start of operation of its<br />

new 18 m bending furnace, the glass<br />

processing company is setting new<br />

standards in thermal glass bending<br />

and has underpinned its technological<br />

leadership for large-format functional<br />

glazing.<br />

The new sedak bending furnace<br />

is designed for series production of<br />

cylindrically curved, fully tempered<br />

glass and thermally toughened glass in<br />

(over-)large formats of up to 3.6 x 18<br />

metres. The bending and tempering<br />

thereby takes place in a single<br />

production process.<br />

New technology enables the fast<br />

and precise adjustment of the bending<br />

radius, so that glass for projects<br />

requiring various geometries can<br />

quickly be produced. Depending on<br />

the width, glass can be curved to a<br />

minimum radius of 1,000 millimetres.<br />

The first orders are already running<br />

on the sedak bending furnace. The<br />

production of a large project with glass<br />

of up to 11 metres in length is set to<br />

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process for almost any architectural<br />

free-form.<br />

The curved glass is further<br />

processed to safety glass and insulation<br />

glass and, just as for flat glass, this can<br />

be put through the complete sedak<br />

processing spectrum from gold printing<br />

to bullet-resistant glass.<br />

About the company<br />

Founded in 2007 in Germany,<br />

sedak has used its pioneering spirit<br />

to establish itself as a premium<br />

manufacturer of large-format insulated<br />

and safety glass.<br />

Transparent and excellently curved: sedak has once again raised the bar for processing of special glass formats. One furnace<br />

now has a state-of-the-art bending unit for panes in oversized formats of up to 18 metres long.<br />

Photo credit: sedak<br />

sedak<br />

take place in early summer <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

sedak offers the complete spectrum<br />

of curved glass in almost any form.<br />

The glass panes are produced in a<br />

suitable process depending on the<br />

glass geometry. In addition to thermal<br />

bending of fully tempered glass and<br />

thermally toughened glass, sedak offers<br />

lamination bending for glass of up to<br />

20 metres and the gravity bending<br />

– Verena Simon<br />

Email: verena.simon@sedak.com<br />

– Jan Birkenfeld<br />

Email: j.birkenfeld@pr-neu.de<br />

Website: www.sedak.com<br />

The first orders are currently running on the sedak bending furnace. In the early summer, sedak will begin the production of<br />

cylindrically curved, fully tempered glass in lengths of up to 11 metres.<br />

Photo credit: sedak<br />

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Technical Article<br />

Decarbonisation in float<br />

glass industry<br />

Melting And Glass Furnace Operation Using<br />

Alternative Energy Systems<br />

It is not just advancing climate change and the need<br />

to reach carbon neutrality by 2045 but also our current<br />

dependency on fossil fuel imports that make it clear there<br />

is no alternative to switching to renewable energies and<br />

new technologies.<br />

How can the energy-intensive<br />

float glass industry so far<br />

heavily dependent on natural<br />

gas become carbon neutral by<br />

2045? The energy efficiency of glass<br />

production is already close to what is<br />

physically-technically feasible today.<br />

Carbon neutrality can only be achieved<br />

by shifting to new key technologies<br />

and sustainable raw materials to avoid<br />

process-related emissions.<br />

According to current surveys by the<br />

Federal Association of the German<br />

Glass Industry (Bundesverband<br />

Glasindustrie e.V. – BV Glas), up to<br />

7.4 million tons of glass are produced<br />

annually in Germany. The final energy<br />

consumption required for this stood<br />

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at 19.1 TWh in 2020, of which 15.1<br />

TWh were generated by means of fossil<br />

fuels, especially natural gas, and the<br />

remaining 4 TWh by electricity.<br />

Every year 3.9 million tons<br />

of CO2 are emitted by systems<br />

subject to Emissions Trading, i.e.<br />

by glass melting and downstream<br />

combustion processes. An additional<br />

process-related million tons of<br />

CO2 are generated by the thermal<br />

decomposition of the carbonate raw<br />

materials.<br />

The energy efficiency thus achieved<br />

is remarkable nonetheless: while some<br />

100 years ago the production of one<br />

ton of glass still required 6,000 kWh,<br />

today less than 1,000 kWh suffice.<br />

While in former times approximately<br />

three tons of CO2 were emitted per<br />

ton of glass, it is less than 500 kg<br />

today. There is not a lot more to be<br />

saved here, which is why carbon<br />

neutrality requires a consistent shift<br />

to new technologies and renewable<br />

energy. According to BV Glas, the glass<br />

industry currently covers some 75% of<br />

its total energy demand by natural gas.<br />

In Europe float glass, for instance,<br />

is mostly produced in cross-fired<br />

regenerative furnaces where the<br />

batch is molten at constant process<br />

temperatures of around 1,650°Celsius<br />

over the complete life of the furnace,<br />

ideally at least 15-20 years.<br />

Many of the major glass producers<br />

and associations are already<br />

conducting in-depth studies into<br />

sustainable transformation options,<br />

such as Saint-Gobain, for instance.<br />

This company is currently examining<br />

and will still be until 2025, how its<br />

production at the Herzogenrath<br />

site might become carbon neutral.<br />

They see the highest potential in<br />

using regeneratively produced, green<br />

hydrogen for glass manufacturing.<br />

Energy savings could still be<br />

achieved in processing as well as by<br />

energetically optimised energy use<br />

and supply at the site. The project is<br />

being modelled in cooperation with<br />

the city of Herzogenrath, neighbouring<br />

communities and numerous<br />

institutes like the “Gas- und Wärme-<br />

Institut Essen e. V.” (Gas and Heat<br />

Institute), the “Institut für Technische<br />

Thermodynamik” (Institute for<br />

Technical Thermodynamics), the<br />

“Institut für Industrieofenbau<br />

und Wärmetechnik” (Department<br />

for Industrial Furnaces and Heat<br />

Engineering) as well as the “Institut<br />

für Stromerzeugung und -speicherung”<br />

(Institute for Power Generation and<br />

Storage) of RWTH Aachen. If the<br />

model test is successful, the site could<br />

be climate-neutral starting in 2030.<br />

Another project that gives hope:<br />

last August the NSG Group Company<br />

Ltd (Pilkington Glass UK) reported<br />

the successful float glass production<br />

with the help of hydrogen as a fuel.<br />

The trial was run at Pilkington’s<br />

furnace in St. Helens (nominal load<br />

of approx. 800 tons of glass per day) in<br />

two stages: in the first stage one part<br />

of the furnace was fired with 100%<br />

hydrogen, replacing 20% of the natural<br />

gas volume in total. In the second stage<br />

hydrogen was admixed to the natural<br />

gas in all burners of the furnace. Due<br />

to the limited hydrogen supply its total<br />

share was limited to 15% in this stage<br />

of the trial.<br />

A permanent shift could only be<br />

realised based on a comprehensive<br />

network of hydrogen pipelines –<br />

otherwise the road transport would<br />

counteract the desired climate<br />

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neutrality. Pilkington’s initiative forms<br />

part of the “HyNet Industrial Fuel<br />

Switching-Project” to decarbonise<br />

industrial processes in the North-West<br />

of Great Britain.<br />

Key technologies now being<br />

researched<br />

Existing manufacturing processes in<br />

the glass industry are already highly<br />

optimised to manufacture glass in<br />

a consistent quality and with low<br />

pollutant emissions. In view of the<br />

targets agreed in the Paris Climate<br />

Agreement and growing social<br />

pressure, the glass industry is doing indepth<br />

research across its entire process<br />

chain.<br />

The option that seems obvious<br />

would be the 100% use of green power<br />

(also to avoid conversion losses), but<br />

for physical reasons not all types of<br />

glass can be molten electrically and<br />

electric furnaces are still limited in<br />

size. The furnaces usually operated<br />

in the float glass industry cannot be<br />

fully electrified at present. BV Glas<br />

estimates that it is more probable for<br />

furnaces of this size to focus on hybrid<br />

technologies that additionally rely on<br />

green hydrogen as a fuel.<br />

There are two key technologies on<br />

the horizon that might replace the<br />

existing base by 2045:<br />

• Fully electric melting furnaces<br />

that melt the batch by introducing<br />

electric energy via electrodes. The<br />

use of regenerative power alone does<br />

currently not suffice to fire bigger<br />

melting units.<br />

• Hybrid furnaces also using<br />

hydrogen could get up to 80% of the<br />

energy required for melting electrically<br />

via electrodes and get the remaining<br />

energy by burning hydrogen. Questions<br />

regarding the supply, availability and<br />

economic viability of green hydrogen<br />

are still unanswered at the moment.<br />

Despite all roadmaps the<br />

aforementioned key technologies are<br />

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still under research, but the possible<br />

effects in case of a successful shift can<br />

already be calculated for the float glass<br />

industry as follows according to BV<br />

Glas:<br />

• Decline in absolute CO2<br />

emissions by 75%.<br />

• The share of process-related<br />

CO2 emissions from the thermal<br />

decomposition of so far non-CO2-<br />

neutral raw materials would remain<br />

unchanged. The possible use of CO2-<br />

neutral raw materials must therefore<br />

become the subject of research. The<br />

potential savings achieved by using<br />

more cullet is very limited in the float<br />

glass industry in Germany. Contrary<br />

to widespread opinion, float glass<br />

cullet in Germany is recycled almost<br />

completely, but only 11% in float glass<br />

production. The greater part is reused<br />

in the container glass and glass wool<br />

industry. BV Glas is currently preparing<br />

a publication on this topic.<br />

• The specific energy consumption<br />

decreases slightly but with an altered<br />

mix of regeneratively produced power<br />

and green hydrogen.<br />

• Manufacturing costs will rise by<br />

70% because energy costs are expected<br />

to triple compared to 2020 – the effects<br />

of the Ukraine crisis have not been<br />

factored into this estimate yet.<br />

Long term the successful<br />

installation of a circular material<br />

economy that functions cradle to<br />

cradle would offer savings potentials –<br />

the buzzword here being buildings as<br />

“material banks”.<br />

Impact on production processes and<br />

product quality<br />

As part of the “HyGlass” project<br />

the Federal Association of the Glass<br />

Industry (BV Glas) and the Gas and<br />

Heat Institute (Gas- und Wärme-<br />

Institut Essen e.V. – GWI)) are<br />

studying the impact of using hydrogen<br />

as a fuel on the extremely sensitive<br />

process of glass production, product<br />

quality and pollutant emissions.<br />

This study includes both a view of<br />

all processes when increasing amounts<br />

of hydrogen are admixed to natural gas<br />

and the 100% use of green hydrogen<br />

along the entire glass production chain.<br />

(Process of industrial glass production.<br />

Graph: BV Glas)<br />

The HyGlass Project here focuses<br />

on studying the impact of hydrogen<br />

on regenerative melting furnaces<br />

and the downstream combustion<br />

processes, for instance in the feeders<br />

used in the container glass industry.<br />

This makes sense since the European<br />

gas industry plans to directly feed a<br />

rising percentage of hydrogen into the<br />

natural gas grid in addition to building<br />

dedicated hydrogen infrastructures in<br />

future.<br />

Then the production plants in the<br />

glass industry will also be supplied with<br />

a mix containing significant amounts<br />

of hydrogen and therefore featuring<br />

combustion properties different to<br />

natural gas – producing an impact on<br />

product quality, pollutant emissions<br />

and possibly on the plant lifecycle.<br />

The impact of all this is specifically<br />

studied by HyGlass – especially in<br />

terms of combustion, which plays<br />

an important role in many process<br />

steps, in melting and in the so-called<br />

feeders which transport the molten<br />

glass and where it is homogenised<br />

for moulding. The melting process<br />

is the most energy-intensive part of<br />

glass production and the feeder is<br />

often decisive for high product quality.<br />

One anticipated difficulty here is that<br />

melting furnaces and feeders will differ<br />

substantially in technical terms and<br />

also in terms of size and energy needs.<br />

While in the melting furnace burner<br />

systems with non-premixed flames<br />

and high air preheat temperatures<br />

or oxy-fuel burners are used, feeders<br />

use numerous small burners with<br />

premixed flames mounted to the side<br />

walls. Accordingly, the effects of higher<br />

hydrogen contents in natural gas<br />

need to be assessed differently. While<br />

with feeders, process control and<br />

possible flame flashbacks are especially<br />

relevant questions, the priority aspects<br />

for melting furnaces are efficiency,<br />

heat transmission and nitrogen oxide<br />

emissions (NOX).<br />

The necessary product quality is<br />

influenced both in the feeder and in<br />

the melting furnace. Initial results<br />

of the studies indicate that the<br />

effects of hydrogen on combustion<br />

are manageable but that previously<br />

fine-adjusted measuring and control<br />

technologies are required. The thermal<br />

nitrogen oxide emissions (NOX) can<br />

rise with a higher hydrogen content,<br />

but the proven measures for NOX<br />

reduction should continue working<br />

once adapted.<br />

In the light of these studies it<br />

would make sense to bring these<br />

two key technologies – fully electric<br />

and hybrid melting furnaces with<br />

hydrogen – to market maturity as soon<br />

as possible – in cooperation with the<br />

plant and component manufacturers<br />

already operating in Germany and<br />

Europe whose expertise should be<br />

incorporated into a national strategy.<br />

A global challenge is our consistent<br />

departure from fossil energies and the<br />

speedy installation of infrastructure<br />

for regenerative power along with the<br />

connection of glass industry sites to<br />

a hydrogen infrastructure yet to be<br />

created. Here political foresight and<br />

planning are also an imperative – also<br />

in view of the long investment cycles.<br />

To achieve full carbon neutrality<br />

plenty of research in sustainable raw<br />

materials is still needed in addition<br />

to this and the creation of a reliable<br />

circular economy.<br />

– Daniel Krauß<br />

KraussD@messe-duesseldorf.de<br />

– Brigitte Küppers<br />

Email: KueppersB@messe-duesseldorf.de<br />

Website: www.glasstec.de<br />

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Technical Article<br />

Customised screen<br />

printing solutions from<br />

Cugher<br />

Kunal Enterprise Brings Its Product Portfolio To<br />

Indian Market<br />

Cugher supplies fully automated machinery and lines for<br />

screen printing, and technologically advanced systems<br />

for drying and handling glass among others. It configures<br />

every single machine to meet customer specifications.<br />

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Kunal Enterprise• 2<br />

For more than 50 years, Cugher<br />

has been designing and<br />

producing screen printing plants<br />

for flat glass processing, offering a<br />

wide range of solutions that cover the<br />

entire productive process, starting<br />

immediately after the cutting and<br />

washing of glass sheets, up to the<br />

phases preceding tempering and<br />

bending processes.<br />

Besides printing machines, the<br />

company provides technologically<br />

advanced systems for drying and<br />

handling glass, such as IR and UV<br />

dryers, tilt loading and unloading<br />

conveyors, flat and vertical inspection<br />

stations, rotating tables, stackers,<br />

roller and belt conveyors, corner<br />

conveyors, tilting bridge conveyors and<br />

booking stations.<br />

Cugher also provides machine<br />

solutions for automotive glass,<br />

architectural glass, home appliances<br />

and solar glass modules. All of these<br />

and more from the house of Cugher is<br />

brought to the Indian market by Kunal<br />

Enterprise.<br />

Kunal Enterprise is a leading<br />

complete solution provider in<br />

industrial printing/packaging industry,<br />

specifically in the screen printing<br />

genre in India since 2001.<br />

Specific solutions for all types of<br />

glass<br />

Every type of glass needs to be<br />

handled following specific proper<br />

solutions to guarantee the maximum<br />

care during its transportation along<br />

the line, so as to avoid damage and<br />

protect the material from dust.<br />

Indeed, glass shapes and sizes<br />

are parameters that define the<br />

characteristics of each single plant.<br />

For instance, automotive glass<br />

is characterised by a variable<br />

shape complexity, depending on<br />

its application type (windshield,<br />

backlight, sidelights), and by<br />

dimensions that rarely exceed<br />

2,600mm. On the other hand,<br />

architectural and home appliance<br />

glass generally has a symmetric shape,<br />

but whilst the first have dimensions<br />

easily over 3,000mm, the second can<br />

be very small and also drilled.<br />

Flexible engineering, guideline of<br />

Cugher’s design, allows to develop<br />

highly customized solutions. Every<br />

single machine is designed to be<br />

suited and configured in accordance<br />

with customer specifications, without<br />

having to use additional resources.<br />

The company’s high potential for<br />

customization is applied in the<br />

mechanical and electrical hardware,<br />

as well as in the software that<br />

coordinates the whole the line.<br />

Industry 4.0<br />

The Internet of Thinks (IoT) is<br />

currently an essential requirement<br />

in the manufacturing industry and<br />

Cugher software perfectly integrates<br />

with other control systems, connecting<br />

all parts of the plant to enable the<br />

real-time sharing of huge quantity<br />

of data and to facilitate the control<br />

during all production phases. It is<br />

the only company with an inspection<br />

machine that has its own software in<br />

it.<br />

These features allow Cugher<br />

to respond to the prerogatives of<br />

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Technical Article<br />

Industry 4.0, whose goal is to have a<br />

fully automatic and interconnected<br />

industrial production. In this<br />

perspective, the development of new<br />

technologies allows to obtain a higher<br />

line flexibility, producing small lots at<br />

low costs, to reach greater productivity<br />

thanks to minor set-up time and error<br />

reduction, as well as to increment<br />

quality and reduce waste, by adopting<br />

sensors and vision systems that<br />

monitor production and its results in<br />

real time.<br />

Reliability and innovation<br />

To achieve the described results<br />

and guarantee the reliability of each<br />

machine according to customers’<br />

needs, Cugher refers to the best<br />

suppliers in the market, whose highperforming<br />

components ensure the<br />

maximum reliability. This approach<br />

reduces the need of after-sales<br />

intervention and, in case of necessity,<br />

the close relation with selected<br />

suppliers enables to quickly respond<br />

to every issue.<br />

Engineering and production<br />

quality is reflected also in the high<br />

attention to the safety. Sure enough,<br />

right from the early design stages,<br />

the application of every single safety<br />

devices is considered, using the most<br />

innovative available technologies.<br />

Thanks to continuous investments in<br />

research and development, Cugher<br />

is recognized as one of the most<br />

innovative companies in the glass<br />

industry.<br />

In India, Cugher’s partner<br />

Kunal Enterprise has experienced<br />

professionals for after-sales<br />

service and managers for business<br />

development and marketing of its<br />

machines. Kunal Enterprise aims to<br />

purvey state-of-the-art technology<br />

for the Indian printing industry. Its<br />

teams keep looking for new areas<br />

and spending time in research and<br />

development for printing especially in<br />

industrial printing applications.<br />

Change and flexibility as a driving<br />

force for growth and innovation<br />

Cugher Glass was founded in 1967<br />

focusing its business on the design<br />

and production of machines for screen<br />

printing on glass, textile, electronics<br />

and household items. Over the years,<br />

the constant development of new<br />

solutions, increasingly performing and<br />

technologically advanced, have led the<br />

company to focus its business on the<br />

flat glass sector.<br />

From that moment on, Cugher<br />

started to hold an international role,<br />

becoming a par-excellence partner<br />

for the supply of fully automated<br />

machinery and lines for screen<br />

printing. At present, Cugher is<br />

recognized globally as one of the most<br />

innovative manufacturing companies<br />

in its reference market and it stands<br />

out thanks to its core values:<br />

;;<br />

Reliability of its solutions as well<br />

as the ethos of its organization<br />

;;<br />

Shared know how and focus on<br />

client driven projects; Cugher’s<br />

clients are partners<br />

;;<br />

Performance and quality<br />

inherent not only to products<br />

but also to service<br />

;;<br />

Cutting-edge engineering and<br />

customization of products and<br />

processes that comes from<br />

listening carefully to customer’s<br />

needs<br />

A customer-oriented business<br />

The automotive sector is, and has<br />

always been, the core business of<br />

the company, which supplies highly<br />

automated and customized plants<br />

to multinational corporations that<br />

produce car glasses, like AGP group,<br />

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Kunal Enterprise• 4<br />

Vitro, AGP E-Glass, Saint Gobain, etc.<br />

Considering that the projects<br />

regarding screen-printing lines are<br />

complex and the engineering details<br />

are very specific, Cugher encourages<br />

an open dialog with its customers,<br />

effectively cooperating during the<br />

most delicate parts of the project,<br />

from the definition of specifications to<br />

the design and up to the installation.<br />

This partnership has allowed the<br />

realization of challenging projects to<br />

handle, print ad control all glasses,<br />

from the biggest (windshields) to<br />

the smallest (vents), ensuring high<br />

productivity.<br />

The experience gained from<br />

the automotive sector has led the<br />

company to work with other flat<br />

glass sectors too. Machines were<br />

specifically created for the home<br />

appliance industry, where fast cycle<br />

time and quick production changeover<br />

are the basic characteristics. Careful<br />

and concrete listening to the needs<br />

coming from the sector has allowed<br />

Cugher to collaborate with prestigious<br />

customers, guaranteeing high quality<br />

and productivity.<br />

Cugher’s flexibility in engineering<br />

has allowed it to satisfy the<br />

requirements of clients operating<br />

in the building and interior design,<br />

often characterized by the need to<br />

manage small lots, squared shapes<br />

and variable dimensions. Moreover,<br />

the machines developed by Cugher for<br />

this type of sector offer the possibility<br />

of being used stand alone, or in-line<br />

machines, according to the different<br />

production needs of each customer,<br />

large or small.<br />

The experience in handling<br />

glass sheets, also those with large<br />

dimensions, and the cooperation with<br />

other partner companies producing<br />

plants, has allowed Cugher to<br />

specialize further. Today the company<br />

is capable to offer different types of<br />

handling systems, as well as robotized<br />

systems for the loading and unloading<br />

of process lines.<br />

Challenges for growth<br />

Cugher has been able to capture<br />

the opportunity of growth and<br />

development to sustain its business.<br />

Over the past year, just like many<br />

other companies, Cugher faced the<br />

challenges imposed by the restrictions<br />

of COVID-19 global pandemic,<br />

innovating its working mode.<br />

The impossibility to travel and to<br />

work on site encouraged the renewal<br />

of connection and communication<br />

methods with customers and<br />

suppliers. For instance, thanks to the<br />

innovative use of sophisticated smart<br />

glass (augmented reality) during<br />

conferences, customers can attend<br />

screen printing lines tests and verify<br />

the print quality on glass and the<br />

performances of the plant remotely.<br />

Moreover, Cugher is increasing<br />

its presence at digital events, from<br />

conferences to exhibitions, exploiting<br />

the communication through web<br />

services, so as to be always close to its<br />

customers, also from distance.<br />

The company sustains and plans to<br />

strengthen this digital transformation,<br />

searching the right connection<br />

between persons and technology.<br />

Progress in communication<br />

The changes that the company is<br />

making, both in-house and towards<br />

the customers, and the expansion<br />

of the business in recent years, have<br />

raised the consequent and natural<br />

need to develop a new marketing plan.<br />

Cugher intends to share the core<br />

values that distinguish it as a global<br />

leader, such the reliability of solutions<br />

and the ethics of the organization.<br />

Cugher produces customized<br />

and cutting-edge products and the<br />

new graphic design, that supports<br />

a set of communication projects,<br />

consists of an elegant and prestigious<br />

multimedia, designed to effectively<br />

convey the excellence of the Cugher<br />

brand.<br />

Kunal Enterprise entered into an<br />

association with Cugher to provide<br />

glass screen printing solutions in<br />

India.<br />

About the company<br />

Kunal Enterprise, Cugher’s India<br />

agent, is a leading solution provider<br />

in industrial printing and packaging<br />

industry, specifically in the screen<br />

printing genre in the country since<br />

2001. It is renowned for providing<br />

some of the best quality automatic<br />

and semi-automatic screen printing<br />

machines, industrial dryers, pre-press<br />

equipment, screen printing inks and<br />

accessories.<br />

– Kunal Gandhi<br />

Email: kunalgandhi@kunalenterprise.com<br />

– Uday Chitre<br />

Email: uday@kunalenterprise.com<br />

Website: www.kunalenterprise.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong> 87

Technical Article<br />

Grenzebach_Float_Glass_Line – Source Grenzebach:<br />

“Also at the cold end – here a flat glass line – OPC UA raises the potential in machine communication.”<br />

OPC UA - dawn of a new<br />

interface generation<br />

glasstec <strong>2022</strong> Will Be Held At The Messe<br />

Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre In Düsseldorf,<br />

Germany.<br />

Digitalisation creates added value. How the manufacturerindependent<br />

communication standard OPC UA can<br />

contribute to this will be illustrated at glasstec, the world’s<br />

leading trade fair for all things glass, from September 20-<br />

23, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Digital transformation has long<br />

since taken hold of the flat glass<br />

industry and is progressing<br />

rapidly. People increasingly just<br />

monitor manufacturing processes<br />

rather than doing the jobs themselves.<br />

Skilled labour shortage, growing<br />

demands made on the flexibility of<br />

machinery and equipment as well as<br />

increasing sustainability requirements<br />

require intelligent monitoring of<br />

production processes.<br />

Producers can generate particular<br />

added value by pursuing a mechatronic<br />

approach. It is therefore worthwhile<br />

focusing on data and intelligent<br />

man-machine, machine-man<br />

communication and – last but not<br />

least – on the communication between<br />

machine and software. Especially<br />

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glasstec <strong>2022</strong>• 2<br />

Siemens – Source Siemens:<br />

“Forming an important basis for the successful communication along the complete process chain is the manufacturer<br />

and platform-independent exchange of data as offered by OPC UA.”<br />

since a growing number of machines<br />

and the operating software of different<br />

manufacturers need to communicate<br />

with each other.<br />

Currently, most interfaces required<br />

for this are still implemented as<br />

custom solutions for the respective<br />

application. But rather than investing a<br />

lot of time and money in programming<br />

individual interfaces, a standardised,<br />

manufacturer-independent, interoperable<br />

communication standard,<br />

as offered by the Open Platform<br />

Communications Unified Architecture<br />

–or OPC UA for short – would provide<br />

a solution offering high potential along<br />

the value chain.<br />

A standard “picks up speed”<br />

OPC UA transmits machine data such<br />

as controlled variables and measured<br />

values and has the ability to describe<br />

these semantically in a machinereadable<br />

format. Developed in the<br />

USA, the standard is now gaining<br />

increasing importance in Europe.<br />

A cross-sectoral study published in<br />

2021 by the VDMA e.V. (German<br />

Engineering Federation) illustrated the<br />

relevance of interoperable interfaces<br />

and the associated standards in<br />

companies: over 90% of those surveyed<br />

saw a need for interoperable interfaces.<br />

According to the survey, the dissolution<br />

of proprietary interfaces is of the<br />

greatest strategic importance, as this is<br />

what makes plug and produce possible<br />

in the first place.<br />

According to estimates, some 10<br />

Grenzebach_Digitalisation Platform – Source Grenzebach:<br />

“OPC UA supports operators in communicating with machines.”<br />

Hegla OPCUA_optimax_esguard – Source Helga:<br />

“The flat glass cutting line will in future communicate with the laser marking systems and even external plants<br />

ever more easily thanks to OPC UA.”<br />

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Technical Article<br />

Hegla OPCUA_rapidline – Source Helga:<br />

“OPC UA simplifies the installation of machines and equipment.”<br />

per cent to 12 per cent of plants in<br />

the glass industry are equipped with<br />

this platform. Demand for OPC UA,<br />

however, also depends heavily on<br />

the target market. “Our lines are<br />

already fitted with this communication<br />

standard. However, demand for it in<br />

Asia is still of secondary importance<br />

compared to Europe,” says Peter<br />

Seidl, Head of Product Management<br />

Business Unit Glass at Grenzebach,<br />

describing the current situation.<br />

In addition, integration of OPC UA<br />

without the associated Companion<br />

Specification cannot exploit its<br />

full potential. Interoperability is<br />

only achieved when the connected<br />

machines and systems understand<br />

the interface content due to this<br />

Specification – in order words, speak<br />

the same language.<br />

To define this and make it work for<br />

the flat glass industry, manufacturers<br />

and software providers are involved<br />

in a Joint Working Group (JWG) of<br />

the VDMA and the OPC Foundation.<br />

The latter has worked out the first<br />

Companion Specification for the flat<br />

glass industry, which was published<br />

at the OPC Foundation in November<br />

2021. This Specification is applied in<br />

production management. “With this<br />

Spec we no longer have to worry about<br />

how we communicate but only what<br />

we communicate,” says Seidl, who<br />

advocates the introduction of OPC UA<br />

in the JWG, looking to the future of<br />

interoperability.<br />

Key to more value added<br />

Dr Markus Schoisswohl, General<br />

Manager at Hegla New Technology<br />

and chairman at the JWG, adds:<br />

“If we succeed in replacing the<br />

proprietary protocols by OPC UA, we<br />

can eliminate enormous investment<br />

not only in terms of money and<br />

time for programming but also for<br />

individual tests during commissioning.”<br />

Especially as employees are confronted<br />

with growing plant flexibility demands.<br />

“Manufacturers are required to<br />

adapt their production to new orders<br />

with varying batch sizes at ever<br />

shorter intervals,” reminds Tobias<br />

Wachtmann, Head of Vertical Glass<br />

& Solar at Siemens. It is precisely<br />

this setup that OPC UA facilitates, as<br />

manual programming is eliminated<br />

and the number of different interfaces<br />

is greatly reduced. It also makes the<br />

integration of machines or components<br />

into existing production lines much<br />

easier and faster, thus increasing plant<br />

efficiency<br />

Furthermore, OPC UA markedly<br />

simplifies the generation of a digital<br />

twin needed for adding new facilities<br />

or expanding capacities. Current<br />

production data in a standardised<br />

format assist in planning maintenance<br />

and improve resource efficiency while<br />

cutting response time in the event<br />

of errors. And data protection is also<br />

ensured: OPC UA boasts a wide variety<br />

of security mechanisms. Messages,<br />

for example, can be transmitted in an<br />

encoded format across various levels<br />

and signatures and authentication are<br />

also possible.<br />

“Digitalisation must be manageable”<br />

At present, the use of OPC UA in the<br />

glass industry is still a small piece of<br />

the puzzle. The flat glass industry is<br />

setting off to news shores. According<br />

to Dr Schoisswohl, digitalisation<br />

must be manageable. “We must not<br />

leave our co-workers behind but<br />

make them understand the benefit<br />

that the data transmitted by OPC UA<br />

brings.” Wachtmann suggests: “Just<br />

marketing proprietary solutions is too<br />

short-sighted these days. Interface<br />

standardisation, developed in close<br />

cooperation with suppliers and users<br />

generates the biggest benefit for the<br />

supply chain.”<br />

By introducing the first Companion<br />

Specification JWG has created a solid<br />

base. In future, it will get further<br />

specifications underway for more<br />

variables and production areas. Experts<br />

expect OPC UA to become established<br />

in the glass industry in a few years.<br />

With a view to making the benefits<br />

of this interoperable standard<br />

accessible, the companies involved in<br />

the JWG plan to exhibit a demonstrator<br />

at their glasstec <strong>2022</strong> stands. This will<br />

show how OPC UA positively impacts<br />

plant efficiency as well as resource<br />

consumption.<br />

(Author: A. Stohl, frankfurtPR,<br />

a.stohl@frankfurt-pr.de)<br />

From September 20-23, glasstec<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, the world’s leading trade fair<br />

for all things glass, will be held at the<br />

Messe Düsseldorf exhibition centre in<br />

Düsseldorf, Germany.<br />

– Brigitte Küppers<br />

Email: KueppersB@messe-duesseldorf.de,<br />

KraussD@messe-duesseldorf.de<br />

Website: www.glasstec.de<br />

90 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2022</strong>

Product Hunt<br />

Value through automation and<br />

intelligence<br />

Glaston Jumbo Series Tempering Line For Sophisticated, Jumbo-Sized<br />

Architectural Glass<br />

Need to produce small to ultra-jumbo sizes with the highest yield of premium quality<br />

tempered glass? Here are some reasons why Glaston Jumbo can be a choice to consider.<br />

Glaston Jumbo Series is built on<br />

the reliability and experience of<br />

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tempering lines worldwide. Glaston<br />

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Glaston Jumbo offers the best<br />

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mixed sizes.<br />

“Glaston Jumbo Series has been<br />

designed to enable glass processors to<br />

break into prestigious markets where<br />

size means winning more business,”<br />

said Sami Kelin, product director at<br />

Glaston. “The Jumbo Series is built<br />

on the reliability and experience of 50<br />

years of delivering high-end tempering<br />

lines worldwide.”<br />

The main highlight of the machine is<br />

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When running regular batches, the<br />

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Fusion lowers production costs, as<br />

energy is channelled only where it<br />

is needed on the glass. No energy is<br />

wasted, as the furnace can be filled<br />

efficiently, cutting back on energy<br />

consumption.<br />

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demand:<br />

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continuous quality and output<br />

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convection system<br />

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Future-proof choice with<br />

ever-evolving Glaston<br />

technologies and services<br />

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Project Hunt<br />

© Cordelia Ewerth<br />

Thinking outside the box for curved<br />

façade on Hamburg concert hall<br />

Guardian Glass Provided High Performance Coated Glass Products &<br />

Technical Support For Project<br />

Located on the Elbe River on the western tip of HafenCity in Hamburg, Germany, the<br />

Elbphilharmonie is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the<br />

world and an outstanding example of modern architecture.<br />

The Elbphilharmonie boasts of<br />

stunning architecture in the<br />

mixed-used facility. Designed<br />

by Herzog & de Meuron, the building<br />

is not just a site for music, it is a<br />

fully-fledged residential and cultural<br />

complex.<br />

The 108-metre-high building,<br />

which officially opened in January<br />

2017, accommodates a philharmonic<br />

hall, a chamber music hall,<br />

restaurants, bars, a terrace with<br />

panoramic views of Hamburg and the<br />

harbour, luxury apartments, a hotel,<br />

fitness centre, conference rooms and<br />

parking facilities.<br />

The design of the glass building<br />

resembles a hoisted sail or water<br />

wave. Extruded from the shape of<br />

the original Kaispeicher warehouse<br />

that supports it, the glass building<br />

is identical in ground plan with the<br />

brick block of the older building, above<br />

which it rises. However, at the top and<br />

bottom, the new structure takes a very<br />

different design from the quiet, plain<br />

shape of the warehouse below.<br />

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Guardian Glass• 2<br />

Complex curved glass façade<br />

The building’s stunning 21,800<br />

sq m glass façade consists in part<br />

(approx. 5,000 sq m) of curved glass<br />

that transforms the structure into<br />

an enormous quartz crystal, whose<br />

appearance continually changes as it<br />

catches the reflections of the sky, the<br />

water and the city lights.<br />

Josef Gartner GmbH was<br />

responsible for developing the glass<br />

façade. It comprises both flat and<br />

curved insulating glass units (IGUs)<br />

for the windows, as well as triple<br />

laminated curved single glazing for the<br />

loggias (covered exterior galleries).<br />

One of the challenges was<br />

developing the curved glass elements<br />

of the façade. Up to that time, nobody<br />

has ever bent glass panes of that<br />

complex 3-D-geometry.<br />

The next challenge was to maintain<br />

the functions of the different coatings<br />

of the glass during the manufacturing<br />

process. The glazing of the façade<br />

consists of a low-E coating, a solar<br />

control coating, chrome mirror dots<br />

and a ceramic silk-screen pattern.<br />

The solar control coating and the<br />

chrome dots were vital in achieving<br />

the customers’ performance<br />

requirements. Gartner was concerned<br />

that the high temperatures in the<br />

bending oven would destroy these<br />

layers or adversely affect their<br />

performance but the glass offered a<br />

remarkably high stability during the<br />

bending process<br />

“We talked with many companies,<br />

but Guardian was the only one that<br />

could offer a base layer that would<br />

guarantee that the sun protection<br />

layer maintains its functions during<br />

the manufacturing process… In close<br />

collaboration with Guardian, we were<br />

able to achieve and maintain the<br />

customers’ requirements,” Senior<br />

Project Manager, Elbphilharmonie,<br />

Josef Gartner.<br />

As well as working with Gartner<br />

during the façade design phase,<br />

Guardian Glass also worked closely<br />

with curved glass processor SunGlass<br />

Srl. This ensured that the curved glass<br />

met the architect’s requirements in<br />

terms of performance and aesthetics<br />

(i.e. shapes of the curved glass,<br />

appearance and colour reflections).<br />

Technical support services<br />

In addition to supplying high<br />

performance coated glass products,<br />

Guardian Glass provided technical<br />

support including thermal and<br />

spectrophotometric glazing<br />

calculation data, and thermal stress<br />

analyses. Using its experience and<br />

knowledge base, Guardian were<br />

also able to provide suggestions<br />

and guidance on glass bending and<br />

ceramic printing of coated glass.<br />

Website: www.guardianglass.com<br />

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Event<br />

Taiton brings biometric digital locks for<br />

uPVC, aluminium doors<br />

With Innovation At Its Core, Taiton Looks To Create Better Products And<br />

Integrate Them In Its Offering<br />

Taiton Architectural Hardware has the largest and most comprehensive product range<br />

which has been skilfully crafted to suit the modern hi-tech needs of commercial and<br />

residential establishments.<br />

Taiton showcased all of its major<br />

products at the ACE Tech<br />

Exhibition held during March<br />

4-6 at the Hitex Exhibition Center,<br />

Hyderabad. It introduced a new<br />

segment of biometric digital locks for<br />

uPVC and aluminium doors. Tavic by<br />

Taiton slim framed automatic sliding<br />

and office partitions and wardrobe<br />

profiles were the new launches during<br />

the expo.<br />

It also participated took part in<br />

international food and hospitality fair<br />

Aahar held at Pragati Maidan, New<br />

Delhi, from <strong>April</strong> 26-30.<br />

A beautiful display of all major<br />

products was showcased at the<br />

event whichs enthused and drew a<br />

large number of professionals like<br />

architects, builders and interior<br />

designers and the general public too.<br />

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Taiton• 2<br />

In addition, Taiton participated<br />

in the IIID Design Confluence and<br />

Showcase from February 25-27 at the<br />

Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, Lucknow.<br />

It also took part in ARCHEX (The<br />

Architectural Exhibition) held in<br />

Chandigarh from March 11-14 which<br />

drew visitors from Punjab, Haryana<br />

and Himachal Pradesh.<br />

Taiton’s intentions to decorate<br />

interior spaces has inspired it to foray<br />

into diverse fields with a premium and<br />

exclusive range of products. In the<br />

current dynamic world, infrastructural<br />

development is witnessing a rapid<br />

advancement, hence, there is a<br />

requirement to continuously innovate<br />

the products utilizing some of the<br />

latest technologies to offer solutions<br />

that match perfectly to the needs of<br />

modern customers.<br />

With over five years of experience<br />

in everything related to accessibility<br />

and security, Taiton continues to<br />

innovate and provide the best of<br />

products, along with solutions and<br />

high-class services to our customers,<br />

pan India.<br />

Innovation has been the core<br />

of Taiton philosophy since its very<br />

inception. As the technology evolves,<br />

the company too tries to create better<br />

products and integrate them in<br />

offering to the customer and making<br />

their experience aesthetically fulfilling<br />

and functionally easier and smoother.<br />

The company designs various<br />

paraphernalia online and gives<br />

presentations and holds regular<br />

events at various locales. The aim is<br />

to inform and update all people in the<br />

chain, including architects, builders,<br />

contractors and also the end-users,<br />

about the upcoming and innovative<br />

items which Taiton keeps adding to<br />

its bouquet of products and offers its<br />

clientele a worthy platform to touch<br />

and feel the products.<br />

The company also offers them<br />

personalized service and information<br />

about the usage, quality and easy<br />

functionality etc. With this view<br />

point, it participates in shows and<br />

exhibitions from time to time at<br />

different locations.<br />

E-mail: customercare@taiton.in<br />

Website: www.taiton.in<br />

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Interview<br />


Director, Viva Composite Panels Pvt. Ltd.<br />

Viva – one-stop solution<br />

for all your cladding needs<br />

In Conversation With GB, Director Nitin Jain Talks<br />

About ACP Industry, Emerging Trends, Future Plans<br />

Being a leading manufacturer of ACP, Viva etched a legacy<br />

of two decades with trust and reliability. It has one of the<br />

biggest manufacturing facilities, producing 50 lakh sq ft/<br />

month, with backward integration for aluminium sheet<br />

products.<br />

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Interview• 2<br />

In a discussion with Glass Bulletin,<br />

Nitin Jain, Director, Viva Composite<br />

Panels, said they are paving the<br />

path for a sustainable and greener<br />

future.<br />

– A short introductory note of VIVA<br />

ACP<br />

VIVA was one of the first companies in<br />

India to introduce ACPs. The venture<br />

started in Mumbai in 2003, and the<br />

value we’ve brought to the ACP sheet<br />

industry has been synonymous with<br />

trust and reliability throughout the<br />

years. Our manufacturing plant in<br />

Umbergaon, Gujarat, began with<br />

a single production line and has<br />

grown rapidly which now includes six<br />

production lines, two coil coating lines,<br />

and a production capacity of 7 million<br />

sq. mt. per year and 2.5 lakh sq. ft. per<br />

day.<br />

Our production facilities are<br />

equipped with world-class machinery<br />

and cutting-edge technology, allowing<br />

us to produce high-quality products<br />

and provide exceptional service to<br />

customers all over the world. Now we<br />

have 22 warehouses across India’s<br />

main cities, as well as a network of<br />

over 500 dealers and distributors. In<br />

addition to that, we offer more than<br />

300 shades of ACP sheet designs which<br />

can be customized further as per the<br />

requirement. Even in terms of safety,<br />

we have all the latest certifications- be<br />

it fire retardant or weather resistant.<br />

We are bringing life to the cladding<br />

dream while making it more vibrant<br />

and safe than ever!<br />

– The emergence of ACP industry in<br />

the last 3-5 years<br />

In the past five years, ACP sheets have<br />

made enormous progress in India,<br />

which is now one of the fastest-growing<br />

markets in the Asia Pacific area after<br />

China. The aluminium composite<br />

panels (ACP) market is expanding<br />

rapidly due to its increased demand<br />

and popularity in the industrial and<br />

commercial segment. Even with the<br />

increased urbanization and building<br />

sector expansion have led to a surge<br />

in demand for ACP panels in various<br />

growing countries.<br />

Within 2026, the ACP market<br />

is estimated to grow at a CAGR of<br />

around 6%. With the increase in fire<br />

incidents, the FR ACP Sheet is the<br />

most sought after product with the<br />

fastest growing CAGR. Precisely, the<br />

market has grown nearly to Rs 4,000<br />

crore and construction projects and<br />

retail products have contributed the<br />

most. The demand has also grown<br />

unexpectedly due to an expansion in<br />

the areas of application, particularly<br />

in the commercial sector, where<br />

ACP sheets are used for signages in<br />

TATVA, The Musical Solutions, Kerala<br />

automobiles sector and petrol stations.<br />

– Impact of COVID-19 on the ACP<br />

industry<br />

The COVID-19 pandemic will be<br />

remembered as one of the significant<br />

black swan events. There was a<br />

huge economic impact on the ACP<br />

industry as well. We have seen cash<br />

flow disruption, breaks in supply<br />

chains, rise of telecommuting, shifts<br />

of resources, need for social distancing<br />

and what not, which had spelled<br />

change at each and every level. Several<br />

companies are proposing to build their<br />

own coil coating lines in India in order<br />

to lessen their dependence on Chinese<br />

imports.<br />

However, VIVA had its own coil<br />

coating line long back which helps<br />

us to get rid of this dependency. We<br />

believe COVID-19 was the wake-up<br />

call to reform and enhance different<br />

aspects of our operations. After the<br />

pandemic, several international<br />

businesses have built networks in<br />

India, indicating that the construction<br />

industry has further potential. But<br />

the biggest restriction currently is the<br />

product’s quality.<br />

Previously, high-quality products<br />

dominated the industry, accounting<br />

for up to 70% of total market share.<br />

However, in the previous two years,<br />

the tendency has shifted towards<br />

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Interview<br />

more affordable grades. At present,<br />

the market for economical grade<br />

aluminium composite panels is over<br />

70%, and until things return to normal,<br />

we are giving more preference to<br />

economy grade aluminium composite<br />

panels without compromising quality.<br />

– What are the new emerging<br />

products in the market?<br />

Aluminium composite panel with<br />

nano-coating is one of the emerging<br />

product trends in the industry which<br />

can prevent the COVID-19 virus<br />

as well. However, new textures and<br />

finishes are also in the ball. Now we<br />

are focusing more on architectural<br />

products such as natural stone<br />

finishes. We have launched five<br />

new shades in natural stone and are<br />

planning to launch a complete new<br />

series, i.e. Tarnish Metallum. Keep an<br />

eye on our website to know more about<br />

this new launch.<br />

– Do you think there is a lack of<br />

awareness related to FR grade<br />

aluminium composite panel? Why?<br />

Agreed. Most people do not know about<br />

the fire-retardant ACP sheets and<br />

its different grades. Only 12-15% FR<br />

ACP sheets are consumed compared<br />

to non-fire rated products. FR ACP<br />

sheet comes with various grades such<br />

as Class, B1, A2 and A2+. Even those<br />

who are aware about the FR ACP<br />

sheets tend to choose Class B1 as it is<br />

the cheapest. Here come the part of<br />

awareness, little did they know that<br />

Class A2 and A2+ offer much better<br />

protection and are most resistant to<br />

fire.<br />

Not just consumers, architect,<br />

dealers, fabricators and other<br />

architecture professionals need to<br />

realize this fact. Every life matters, and<br />

it’s our responsibility to protect every<br />

one of them. However, we believe<br />

with change in cladding system and<br />

evolution in the Indian architecture,<br />

FR Class A2+ is a next generation<br />

cladding product which is light in<br />

weight, way safer than any other FR<br />

grade products and is 100% recyclable.<br />

We all are looking forward to a<br />

sustainable and green future.<br />

– Tell us something about the<br />

emerging trend of the honeycomb<br />

panel<br />

Honeycomb panel is one of those<br />

products which is making its way into<br />

the façade industry. The core thickness<br />

of the aluminium honeycomb panel<br />

are 12mm and 25mm. It is primarily<br />

used for interior ceiling applications<br />

and has a fire rating of A2. There are<br />

many other variants of this type of<br />

external facades as well. This is going<br />

to be another sought-after product<br />

in the recent times, because of its<br />

unique features such as extremely<br />

light weight, superior flatness and<br />

exceptional stiffness, high efficacy,<br />

better sound and heat insulation<br />

compared to other ACP sheets, easy<br />

to install and maintain and are fully<br />

recyclable. It comes with FR class<br />

A2. We, at VIVA, introduced a noncombustible<br />

Aluminium Honeycomb<br />

Core by replacing the combustible<br />

LDPE core. The aluminium<br />

honeycomb panel resists fire from<br />

spreading while facilitating safer<br />

evacuation, prevention of loss of life<br />

and property. No molten droplets are<br />

formed and it does not release any<br />

toxic smoke.<br />

– What are the future expansion<br />

plans of VIVA?<br />

As a pioneer in the ACP industry, we<br />

continue to develop new products,<br />

series, and technologies every six<br />

months. With the forthcoming and<br />

existing trends, we continue to provide<br />

new shades. We intend to put greater<br />

emphasis on FEVE coating technology,<br />

which will enable us to provide more<br />

textures and finishes which are not<br />

attainable with PVDF coating. We aim<br />

to expand our production capacity<br />

and coating lines even further in<br />

order to become the most significant<br />

player in the ACP sector, and we just<br />

had a stone-laying ceremony for our<br />

new manufacturing unit. In order<br />

to achieve something great, taking<br />

the first step is very important. We<br />

are, nevertheless, seeking for export<br />

opportunities in various Western and<br />

South-East Asian countries. We’re<br />

also expanding our business and have<br />

started producing and exporting a<br />

variety of colour-coated aluminium<br />

coils that are customizable.<br />

– What are goals of VIVA in the<br />

coming years?<br />

We are aiming to reach a turnover of<br />

Rs 500 crore. We have an innovative<br />

infrastructure that includes six<br />

manufacturing lines, two coating<br />

lines, QUV technology, and other<br />

cutting-edge technologies. We have<br />

the largest product offering in the<br />

market, and we intend to expand<br />

even further. Capital Land, Phoenix,<br />

Vision Mall, Synergy Infotech, etc.<br />

are just a handful of our prestigious<br />

projects. Our vision is to emerge as the<br />

India’s most admired, known and best<br />

ACP panel manufacturer. We aspire<br />

to metamorphize the company into<br />

an aspirational ACP manufacturing<br />

company by offering qualitative<br />

products to our customers which leave<br />

them amazed.<br />

– What are the companies doing to<br />

capture more market share?<br />

Companies are now offering valueadded<br />

services such as parametric<br />

façade design, which is a relatively<br />

recent façade design solution. These<br />

designs are made on the sheets and<br />

the contractor can easily fabricate the<br />

3D modules on predesigned sheets and<br />

fix them to the façade grid. Companies<br />

are also offering diverse products for<br />

facades like stone finish, corten steel,<br />

copper, stainless steel, etc.<br />

Furthermore, many enterprises are<br />

going towards backward integration,<br />

since this business is predicted to<br />

increase considering the central<br />

government’s announcement of 500<br />

new airports. In reality, every company<br />

in India is working to produce<br />

additional product variants so that<br />

they can be sold at a lower cost than<br />

imports and can reach construction<br />

sites in half the transit time.<br />

Email: branding@vivaacp.com<br />

Website: www.vivaacp.com<br />

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Technical Article<br />

the ventilation window of the large<br />

floor-to-ceiling windows of the villa, or<br />

the top of the sunroom for ventilation<br />

places such as windows, etc.) do not<br />

need to go to the window, the mobile<br />

phone remote control operation or<br />

automatic control will be done.<br />

All in all, the design of the current<br />

advanced electric window opener<br />

itself has advantages in various<br />

aspects, and the distance between life<br />

Why install a window<br />

opener<br />

Modern Intelligent Systems Can Automatically<br />

Open Or Close Windows As Needed<br />

With the development and progress of society, people are<br />

paying attention to their own health. Indoor air quality is a<br />

factor directly related to human health.<br />

Regarding how to correctly<br />

choose the time of opening<br />

windows for ventilation and<br />

improve indoor air quality, building<br />

decoration designers and engineers<br />

believe that the most effective way is<br />

to establish an automatic detection<br />

mechanism for outdoor air quality.<br />

With the intelligent system of<br />

whole-house home improvement,<br />

the system automatically chooses<br />

to open windows to replace highquality<br />

natural wind with indoor air.<br />

In modern high-rise buildings, how<br />

to adjust the air quality by controlling<br />

the opening and closing of windows<br />

is a problem that most architectural<br />

engineers need to consider. The<br />

window opener solves this problem<br />

very well.<br />

The advantages of smart window<br />

openers are as follows:<br />

Convenience: One-button mobile<br />

phone control or with the whole house<br />

intelligent system, the intelligent<br />

window can sense wind and rain in<br />

time and close quickly<br />

Security: When the kitchen gas<br />

is not turned off or leaks, the wholehouse<br />

intelligent system notifies the<br />

owner in time and opens the windows<br />

to ventilate, eliminating potential<br />

safety hazards. From the perspective<br />

of fire protection, the domestic fire<br />

fighting methods and starting points<br />

are now in line with those of foreign<br />

countries. For a fire in the home, the<br />

UIOT super-smart home system will<br />

be informed at the first time and open<br />

the windows for ventilation to ensure<br />

that the people in the house are not<br />

harmed. It cannot be suffocated by<br />

smoke, and the rescue is simple.<br />

Applicability: The design and<br />

installation position of traditional<br />

windows is relatively high or too far,<br />

and the windows that cannot be<br />

reached by manpower alone, then<br />

it is the turn of the electric window<br />

opener to come in handy (such as<br />

and functions improves the utilization<br />

effect of the electric window opener.<br />

Choosing a smart window opener<br />

with reliable quality and a more<br />

stable application will definitely bring<br />

a better life experience and a more<br />

comfortable and safe home life.<br />

-------------------------------------------------<br />

Author: Allen Nemophilist<br />

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Website: www.heinda-cn.com<br />

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Company News<br />

Surbhi Glass sets up<br />

uPVC door, window plant<br />

Offers Premium Product Range With Advanced<br />

Technology & High-Tech Innovation<br />

Surbhi Glass Pvt Ltd has established a state-of-the-art<br />

uPVC door and window manufacturing plant under the<br />

name of Surbhi Upvcwindoors Tech in collaboration with<br />

PROMAINCE uPVC window system to provide better,<br />

quicker, cost-effective, and high-quality solutions.<br />

Surbhi’s uPVC Window<br />

Division specializes in design,<br />

manufacture, installation and<br />

service of precision engineered, 100%<br />

customised uPVC windows and doors.<br />

With its diverge capabilities, deep<br />

knowledge of the Indian market and<br />

global technologies, the company<br />

has produced and installed windows<br />

that can withstand India’s extreme<br />

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Surbhi uPVC Windoors• 2<br />

climatic conditions.<br />

UPVC window/door<br />

Surbhi uPVC Windoors, one of the<br />

leading brands specialized in providing<br />

quality uPVC doors and windows with<br />

high design standards and quality,<br />

offers a premium product range with<br />

advanced technology and high tech<br />

innovation.<br />

uPVC windows and doors are<br />

specially designed and manufactured<br />

to withstand harsh and extreme<br />

climatic conditions. Their original<br />

shape remains intact despite awful<br />

weather conditions. The company<br />

provides end-to-end solutions with a<br />

complete range of service that incudes<br />

design, site survey, fabrication,<br />

delivery, installation followed by after<br />

sales service.<br />

Customized door and window<br />

design solutions are also being<br />

designed based on customers’<br />

requirements.<br />

uPVC windows and doors are<br />

highly durable, low maintenance, long<br />

lasting, strong and energy efficient<br />

as compared to existing wooden or<br />

aluminium windows and doors. It<br />

offers excellent thermal and acoustic<br />

insulation properties while reducing<br />

the cold air from entering your house<br />

and keeps you warm.<br />

Product features<br />

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Sleek and stylish<br />

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Green building concept<br />

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Fire-resistant<br />

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Soundproof<br />

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Durability<br />

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Value for money<br />

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Termite-free<br />

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Time-saving<br />

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Waterproof<br />

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Wind barrier<br />

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Company News<br />

Casement series Window/Door<br />

Casement windows and doors are<br />

elegant and extremely popular options<br />

among home owners. The sashes are<br />

hinged on the side and open inwards<br />

or outwards. You can customise<br />

them as per your requirements<br />

which makes it highly accessible and<br />

therefore functional.<br />

They can be customised and<br />

installed in offices to create more<br />

appealing interiors for increasing<br />

employee morale, productivity and<br />

efficiency. The company offers offer<br />

single sash casement outward window,<br />

single sash casement inward window,<br />

double sash casement outward<br />

window and double sash casement<br />

inward window.<br />

Sliding Window/Door<br />

Sliding windows and doors consist of<br />

two or more sashes that are placed on<br />

a track and opens horizontally. The<br />

sashes slide on rollers, which is why<br />

sliding windows and doors are very<br />

easy to operate and therefore, is a<br />

common choice for both houses and<br />

offices.<br />

This window and door design works<br />

well for hard-to-reach places because<br />

you can open it even with the push of<br />

a finger. Since they have large sashes<br />

with no sash bars, your room will be<br />

bestowed with an unobstructed view<br />

of the outdoors. It allows ample light<br />

to enter even when closed. They are<br />

the perfect blend of style, function<br />

and durability.<br />

Sliding Folding Door<br />

These are perfectly designed for space<br />

planning, PVC folding doors are the<br />

perfect fit for areas that open to a<br />

large expanse; whether it is towards<br />

a balcony, veranda or a garden. The<br />

company brings two or three panel<br />

(as per the requirement) folding<br />

doors that are made using best quality<br />

profiles and hardware fitments.<br />

The special catchments keep<br />

winds, water, heat and extreme<br />

cold away and provide good sound<br />

insulation.<br />

Surbhi Glass is also known for its<br />

top quality Laminated Glass, Insulated<br />

Glass & Toughened Glass<br />

About the company<br />

Surbhi Glass Pvt Ltd has come a<br />

long way under the leadership and<br />

guidance of Mr Sunil Shah. It has<br />

become a renowned name in almost<br />

all verticals related to glass. In 2011,<br />

the company forayed into glass<br />

tempering. With over 26 years of<br />

experience, the company leads the<br />

way with expertise and future-proof<br />

innovation. It has been bestowed with<br />

a number of awards for its exception<br />

product portfolio.<br />

Email: upvc@surbhituff.com<br />

Website: www.surbhituff.com<br />

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